A well-known open-source software architect, Jason Kridner is the co-founder of BeagleBoard.org, a robust community where software developers and hobbyists share solutions, showcase new projects, ask questions and offer feedback. Launched in 2008, BeagleBoard.org averages 50,000 hits per week and is now one of the most active open-source communities in the industry. Kridner is also the co-creator of open-source development tools at Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) such as BeagleBoard, BeagleBoard-xM and BeagleBone, a credit-card-sized Linux computer platform based on TI’s Sitara™ AM335x ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor that runs Android 4.0 and Ubuntu software. BeagleBone has spurred innovative projects worldwide such as underwater robots, 3D printers, a dirty dish detector and a real-life Iron Man suit. During his 20-year tenure with TI, he has become an active leader in the open-source community. As such, he has engaged audiences at a variety of industry and hardware and software developer shows including Maker Faire, Embedded Linux Conference, Android Builders Summit, OSCON, CES, Design West, Collaboration Summit and Design East. In his free time, Kridner uses BeagleBone to explore his creativity and most recently created the BeagleBone Mustache App, which uses a webcam and computer vision to detect faces and superimpose fancy mustaches.
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