OSCON 2010 Keynotes

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Sam Adams

Sam Adams, City of Portland, Oregon Mayor

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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.

9:10am Friday, 07/23/2010
Keynote by Sam Adams, Mayor of the City of Portland, Oregon.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Chris DiBona

Chris DiBona, Google, Inc. Director, Open Source

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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.

9:00am Friday, 07/23/2010
In this short, weensy eensy, talk, Chris will give an update on how open source has changed over the last three years. Is Ruby growing ? Actionscript? Or is it all PHP all the way down? How's gplv3 doing? Agpl? MIT? Will the Nasa open source license domainte? Come and find out!
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Edd Dumbill

Edd Dumbill, Silicon Valley Data Science VP Strategy

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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.

9:00am Wednesday, 07/21/2010
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Allison Randal and Edd Dumbill.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick, Perl Training Australia Managing Director

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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.

12:40pm Friday, 07/23/2010
Technology advances through the creation of new inventions. New creations and research increase the breadth of human knowledge, and make life easier for us all; at least in theory. In reality, the advance of progress is littered with bad ideas. What's worse, we often build upon such twisted horrors in the creation of new technology. A humouros look at some of the worst inventions ever made.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Dirk Hohndel

Dirk Hohndel, Intel Corporation Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist, Software and Solutions Group

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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.

9:30am Wednesday, 07/21/2010
Since the MeeGo project was launched in February of this year, we've made great progress with the launch of MeeGo 1.0, providing developers with a stable core foundation for application development and a rich user experience for Netbooks, and the opening of the handset user experience as part of the MeeGo 1.1 development tree.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Presentation: Got MeeGo_ Presentation [PPT]
Mårten Mickos

Mårten Mickos, Eucalyptus Systems CEO

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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.

9:55am Wednesday, 07/21/2010
Keynote by Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Presentation: Marten Mickos Presentation [PPTX]
Lew Moorman

Lew Moorman, Rackspace.com President, Cloud and Chief Strategy Officer

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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.

10:00am Thursday, 07/22/2010
Keynote by Lew Moorman, Chief Strategy Officer, Rackspace Cloud.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media, Inc. Founder and CEO

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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.

9:05am Wednesday, 07/21/2010
Keynote by Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
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Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America Executive Director

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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.

9:25am Wednesday, 07/21/2010
The framework for our country is our laws and our principles. But increasingly, as a nation, we can't express these principles or uphold our laws without the right software in place to support them. A new generation of civic heroes is needed to heed the call to service, and the Open Source community should lead the way.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Jean  Paoli

Jean Paoli, Microsoft GM, Interoperability Strategy

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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).

9:30am Thursday, 07/22/2010
The cloud is all about more connectivity – and interoperability is at the heart of that. Organizations around the world are looking at opportunities to leverage a new wave of cloud technologies. New data sets. New computing power.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Stormy Peters

Stormy Peters, GNOME Foundation Executive Director

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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!

9:45am Wednesday, 07/21/2010
We worried about making sure we had free and open source software to use, we worried about privacy, we worried about user rights. And then we handed the keys to our data to "free" web services. How can we ensure that our data is in the hands of web services that will respect our rights? How can free and open source software ideals be applied to web services?
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Presentation: Is Your Data Free_ Presentation [PDF]
Rob Pike

Rob Pike, Google, Inc. Distinguished Engineer

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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.

9:45am Thursday, 07/22/2010
Object-oriented programming began, back in the 1960s with Simula, as a way to describe the behavior of interacting items - objects. It was purified through languages such as Smalltalk, in which everything is an object and every operation a message send, a clear and beautiful model. But then something went very wrong.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Presentation: Public Static Void Presentation [PDF]
Allison Randal

Allison Randal, DrugDev, Inc. CTO

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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.

9:00am Wednesday, 07/21/2010
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Allison Randal and Edd Dumbill.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
David Recordon

David Recordon, Facebook Senior Open Programs Manager

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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.

9:00am Thursday, 07/22/2010
Keynote by David Recordon, Facebook.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Bryan Sivak

Bryan Sivak, Government of the District of Columbia Chief Technology Officer

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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.

9:20am Wednesday, 07/21/2010
Keynote by Bryan Sivak, CTO, Government of the District of Columbia.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Presentation: Bryan Sivak Presentation [PPTX]
Jill Tarter

Jill Tarter, SETI Institute Director, Center for SETI Research

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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.

9:15am Thursday, 07/22/2010
For years you've been leaving your computers turned on in order to process data packets for UC Berkeley's SETI@home - that's great! Please keep it up! Did you ever want to get more involved? It's time to change the humanity's point of view of who we are (individually and collectively) to one that is more cosmic and inclusive.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley, Leading Edge Forum (CSC) Researcher

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Simon Wardley is a Researcher for CSC’s Leading Edge Forum, a global research and thought leadership
community dedicated to helping large organizations become more successful by identifying and
adopting Next Practices at the growing intersection between business and information technology.

Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies, and his most recently published research
report is entitled, The Future is More Predictable Than You Think: A Workbook for Value Chain Mapping. Simon
has also covered topics including Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Strategies for an Increasingly Open Economy,
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.

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 2012 and 2011 polls.

9:20am Friday, 07/23/2010
In today’s computing world, it can often feel like we are drowning in wave after wave of new trends. This sea of concepts are simply the evolution of our industry from a product to a service based economy. This talk will examine the evolution of technology, the management challenges this brings and the common myths that surround the concept of cloud computing.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
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