OSCON 2013 Keynotes

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Sharren  Bates

Sharren Bates, inBloomChief Product Officer

As Chief Product Officer, Sharren Bates is responsible for the vision, strategy, design and development of inBloom products and services.

Prior to joining inBloom in February 2013, Sharren’s excitement about the power of personalized learning and deep understanding of barriers to entry and innovation in the sector led her to her previous role as Senior Program Officer on the Next Generation Models team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There she was one of the Foundation’s lead representatives on the Shared Learning Collaborative, and spearheaded the development of the inBloom technology services.

Prior to the Gates Foundation, Sharren worked on education policy at the federal level as an education analyst working on the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Previously,... Read More.

9:50am Wednesday, 07/24/2013
inBloom Chief Product Officer Sharren Bates will provide an overview of inBloom open-source technologies and its mission of vastly improving K-12 personalized learning. Sharren will review research behind the inBloom vision and what barriers exist today to achieving personalize learning as well as a sample of early, innovative products crossing these barriers with inBloom technology.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Piers Cawley

Piers Cawley, ThermeonSenior Programmer

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

He’s currently writing Perl for Headforwards in Cornwall. His surfing days are behind him.

He used to write a weekly summary of developments in Perl 6 for the perl.com website and is currently writing (will have written) an eBook for O’Reilly about Higher Order Javascript.

He’s a singer and balloon modeller, and has created custom balloon millinery for Sarah Novotny.

9:40am Friday, 07/26/2013
Piers Cawley, Senior Programmer, Headforwards.
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Edd Dumbill

Edd Dumbill, Silicon Valley Data ScienceVP Strategy

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... Read More.

9:00am Friday, 07/26/2013
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Sarah Novotny, Matthew McCullough and Edd Dumbill.
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8:45am Wednesday, 07/24/2013
Opening remarks by OSCON program chairs, Sarah Novotny, Matthew McCullough and Edd Dumbill.
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9:00am Thursday, 07/25/2013
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Sarah Novotny, Matthew McCullough and Edd Dumbill.
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Eileen Evans

Eileen Evans, HPVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Cloud & Open Source

Eileen Evans is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cloud & Open Source at HP. In her role, Eileen is responsible for leading and managing teams of senior technology attorneys, engineers and program managers responsible for HP’s open source activities.

Eileen represents HP on the Linux Foundation Board of Directors and the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors. Eileen actively participated as a Founding Member of the OpenStack Foundation Drafting and Formation Committee.

Prior to joining HP three years ago, Eileen served as a lead open source legal strategist at Sun Microsystems, where she led, managed and supported numerous open source projects, including Java, MySQL, OpenSolaris, OpenOffice.org and NetBeans.

9:45am Thursday, 07/25/2013
Come hear some thoughts about how licensing models affect building an open source community and how their use has evolved over time.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick, Perl Training AustraliaManaging Director

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.

*Photograph by Joshua Button.

12:45pm Friday, 07/26/2013
A discussion of community building from a psychological perspective. How to recruit people into your project, external and internal motivations, what people regret, self-fulfilling prophecies, confirmation bias, and more.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
John Graham-Cumming

John Graham-Cumming, CloudFlareProgrammer

John Graham-Cumming is computer programmer and author. He studied mathematics and computation at Oxford and stayed for a doctorate in computer security. As a programmer he has worked in Silicon Valley and New York, the UK, Germany and France. His open source POPFile program won a Jolt Productivity Award in 2004.

He is the author of a travel book for scientists published in 2009 called The Geek Atlas and has written articles for The Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist and other publications.

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

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

9:05am Friday, 07/26/2013
Looking back on 30 years of programming: there's nothing new since 1983. Examples and implications.
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Todd Greene, Media TempleVP of Marketing

9:45am Wednesday, 07/24/2013
Russ will discuss the decisive competitive edge companies like (mt) Media Temple gains and gives with Open Source programmers.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Jeff  Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins, Numenta, Inc.Co-Founder

Jeff Hawkins is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, scientist, inventor, and author. He was a founder of two mobile computing companies, Palm and Handspring, and was the architect of many computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. Throughout his life Jeff has also had a deep interest in neuroscience and theories of the neocortex. In 2002 he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, a scientific institute focused on understanding how the neocortex processes information. The institute is now located at U.C. Berkeley. In 2004 we wrote the book On Intelligence, which describes progress on understanding the neocortex. In 2005 he co-founded Numenta, a startup company building a technology based on neocortical theory. It is his hope that Numenta will play a catalytic role in the... Read More.

8:55am Wednesday, 07/24/2013
Jeff Hawkins will describe Numenta's vision for machine intelligence. He will give a brief introduction to the technology and describe why Numenta is creating an open source project.
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Leigh Heyman

Leigh Heyman, Executive Office of the PresidentDirector of New Media Technologies

Leigh oversees the development and operations of WhiteHouse.gov, We The People, and all of the White House’s Drupal-based websites and applications. His team provides a secure, stable, and scalable technical infrastructure across the White House’s web, social media, and mobile platforms, supporting the President’s communications objectives. Leigh’s fifteen years of experience cover all aspects of system management of high-profile online engagement platforms in both the private and public sectors, including work for Blue State Digital and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

9:55am Thursday, 07/25/2013
Leigh will talk briefly about these achievements and more importantly what the future holds for Open Source and Open Data at The White House and the many ways citizens and developers can get involved.
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Location: Portland Ballroom

Mark Hinkle, CitrixSenior Director, Open Source Solutions

Once upon a time, a lot longer ago then he wished Mark Hinkle was born in a small Pennsylvania town and through the most unlikely sequence of events ended up as a technologist involved in the development and evangelism of free and open source software. Mark has written extensively on open source as the former editor-in-chief of LinuxWorld Magazine and for numerous other publications (Network World, Forbes, Linux.com). He currently is the Senior Director, Cloud Computing at Citrix Systems where he helps support the Apache CloudStack and Xen.org projects. You can find his blog at www.socializedsoftware.com and you can follow him on Twitter @mrhinkle.

9:20am Wednesday, 07/24/2013
Free and open source software is equal parts technology and humanity. Beyond the coding standards, development environments and essential parts of delivering free software the ideals that drive this movement are powerful. This is a reflection on the lessons gleaned from successful F/LOSS communities and a call to action to spread their ideals to other endeavors such as medicine and government.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz

Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz, SharewaveCTO

Robert (a/k/a r0ml) Lefkowitz is a software architect who works with proprietary software organizations to help them open up.

9:25am Friday, 07/26/2013
“Distinction" is the noun for the adjective “Distinguished". The ACM Distinguished Member Recognition Program recognizes those who have "achieved a significant impact on the computing field.” Curiously, the ideals and practices of Open Source software are heavily under-represented. Why is that? And how do we change that?
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Matthew McCullough

Matthew McCullough, GitHub, Inc.Training Pioneer

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

9:00am Friday, 07/26/2013
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Sarah Novotny, Matthew McCullough and Edd Dumbill.
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8:45am Wednesday, 07/24/2013
Opening remarks by OSCON program chairs, Sarah Novotny, Matthew McCullough and Edd Dumbill.
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9:00am Thursday, 07/25/2013
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Sarah Novotny, Matthew McCullough and Edd Dumbill.
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Carin Meier

Carin Meier, NeoSoftware Developer

Carin started off as a professional ballet dancer, studied Physics in college, and has been developing software for both the enterprise and entrepreneur ever since. She has a thing for Clojure and can be usually found with a cup of tea in her hand, hacking on her Roomba and AR Parrot Drone.

9:30am Wednesday, 07/24/2013
Experience the joy of flying the Parrot AR Drone using the power of Clojure. We will take a journey that begins with a child's dream of having a "real" robot friend. Along the way, we will discover the blessings of a functional language, the power of the Clojure language, the thrill of flying with a REPL, and maybe even gems of wisdom long lost under the snow of the AI Winter.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
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Michal Migurski

Michal Migurski, Code For AmericaCTO

(CTO) joined Code For America in 2013. Previous to CfA, Michal spent nine years as a partner and technology director at celebrated San Francisco design studio Stamen where he architected the technical aspects of Stamen’s work, moving comfortably from active participation in Stamen’s design process, designing database schemas and API’s, to creating the dynamic applications that Stamen delivers to clients. At Code For America, he is responsible for engineering standards and technical sustainability. Michal has been building for the web since 1995, specializing in data design and publishing for a diverse range of clients and numerous public, technical research projects and active open source codebases. He’s a Polish National and holds a degree in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley.

9:20am Thursday, 07/25/2013
Open Source is quietly helping shape our society, and you can see its impact on government through the work of Code for America. From making public information more accessible to making public artwork easier to find, Code for America finds innovative ways to make a government more efficient.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Sarah Novotny

Sarah Novotny, NGINXEvangelist and Community Leader

Sarah Novotny is a technical evangelist and community manager for NGINX. Novotny has run large scale technology infrastructures as a Systems Engineer and a Database administrator for Amazon.com and the ill fated Ads.com. In 2001, she founded Blue Gecko, a remote database administration company with two peers from Amazon. Blue Gecko, was sold to DatAvail in 2012. She’s also curated teams and been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery for Meteor Entertainment and Chef.

Novotny regularly talks about technology infrastructure and geek lifestyle. She is additionally a program chair for O’Reilly Media’s OSCON. Her technology writing and adventures as well as her more esoteric musings are found at sarahnovotny.com.

9:00am Friday, 07/26/2013
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Sarah Novotny, Matthew McCullough and Edd Dumbill.
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8:45am Wednesday, 07/24/2013
Opening remarks by OSCON program chairs, Sarah Novotny, Matthew McCullough and Edd Dumbill.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
9:00am Thursday, 07/25/2013
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Sarah Novotny, Matthew McCullough and Edd Dumbill.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Tim O'Reilly

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

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.

9:20am Thursday, 07/25/2013
Open Source is quietly helping shape our society, and you can see its impact on government through the work of Code for America. From making public information more accessible to making public artwork easier to find, Code for America finds innovative ways to make a government more efficient.
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Jay Parikh

Jay Parikh, FacebookVice President, Infrastructure

Jay Parikh is the VP of infrastructure engineering at Facebook. In that role, he leads the engineering and operations teams responsible for building and maintaining an infrastructure that serves more than a billion users, developers, and partners worldwide.

Prior to Facebook, Jay was senior vice president of engineering and operations at Ning, where he oversaw the scaling of the company’s social networking platform from 50,000 social networks to more than 1.5 million social networks. Before Ning, Jay was the vice president of engineering at Akamai Technologies, where he helped build the world’s largest and most globally distributed computing platform.

9:05am Wednesday, 07/24/2013
In this keynote, Jay Parikh will provide an overview of the Open Compute Project, a thriving consumer-led community dedicated to promoting more openness and a greater focus on scale, efficiency, and sustainability in the development of infrastructure technologies. Jay will give a brief history of the project and describe its vision for the future, focusing on two new projects within OCP.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Tom Preston-Werner

Tom Preston-Werner, GitHubCEO

Tom Preston-Werner is a cofounder and chief executive officer of
GitHub, a web site that makes it easy for users to collaborate on
software projects and share code. This site has attracted a community
of more than 3.5 million developers and strives to lower the barriers
of collaboration by building powerful features into its products,
making it easier for users to contribute and write better code,
faster.

Preston-Werner also invented the Gravatar, a globally recognized image
that follows its user around the internet to help identify posting on
blogs, web forums, or other internet activities. He sold Gravatar in
2007.

He lives and works in San Francisco. The weather there is strange, but
he loves... Read More.

9:30am Thursday, 07/25/2013
Tom Preston-Werner, Co-founder and CEO, GitHub.
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Mark R.  Shuttleworth

Mark R. Shuttleworth, Canonical Ltd.Founder

Mark is founder of Ubuntu, a popular free operating system for desktops and servers. Ubuntu is beautiful, easy to use and precision engineered for consumers and large-scale enterprise deployments alike. It has been adopted by an amazing number of people, from families that just want a PC that works for safe web surfing, to heavy industry, massive cloud computing environments, supercomputers, several armies, national police forces, banks and schools in the Amazon.

Mark leads product strategy and design at Canonical, which sells commercial support for Ubuntu, mainly to large enterprises and governments who deploy it professionally. Canonical also builds many of the unique elements of Ubuntu for desktop, cloud and server deployments. Mark champions design-driven development and has a focus on quality and cadence in... Read More.

9:55am Wednesday, 07/24/2013
Mark Shuttleworth, Founder, Canonical, Ltd.
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Jared Smith

Jared Smith, BluehostDirector, Open Source Outreach

Jared Smith is the Director of Open Source Outreach at Bluehost. Jared
has a long history of involvement with open source communities, most
recently as the Fedora Project Leader, and before that as the community
relations manager for the Asterisk project. His technical background
includes programming, large-scale systems administration,
telecommunications, and technical training. He holds a Bachelor of
Science degree in Computer Engineering from Utah State University.

9:20am Thursday, 07/25/2013
Open Source is quietly helping shape our society, and you can see its impact on government through the work of Code for America. From making public information more accessible to making public artwork easier to find, Code for America finds innovative ways to make a government more efficient.
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Simon St. Laurent

Simon St. Laurent, O'Reilly Media, Inc.Senior Editor

Simon St.Laurent is a Senior Editor at O’Reilly and a web developer. His books include Introducing Erlang, Learning Rails 3, Programming Web Services with XML-RPC, and XML: A Primer.

9:00am Friday, 07/26/2013
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Sarah Novotny, Matthew McCullough and Edd Dumbill.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
9:00am Thursday, 07/25/2013
Opening remarks by the OSCON program chairs, Sarah Novotny, Matthew McCullough and Edd Dumbill.
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Laura Weidman Powers

Laura Weidman Powers, CODE2040Founding Executive Director

Laura Weidman Powers co-founded CODE2040 with Tristan Walker (Foursquare, Andreessen Horowitz) in early 2012. CODE2040 creates pathways to educational and professional success in technology and entrepreneurship for Blacks and Latino/as. CODE2040’s flagship program is its summer fellowship for university students. Laura serves as the organization’s Founding Executive Director. She has a background in entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, and technology. She has started two organizations in the education space, one nonprofit arts education organization in West Philadelphia that is now in its eighth year, and one for-profit tutoring company that gave rise to a book. Laura first explored the tech space as a project manager in a small web development shop and, most recently before founding CODE2040, she served as VP of Product Development at a consumer... Read More.

9:05am Thursday, 07/25/2013
The year 2040 is the year when people of color will be the majority in the United States, but minorities are vastly underrepresented in the most important part of the US economy, the tech sector. There's been a lot of discussion about the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley and the technology industry recently and, let's face it, the numbers are not good. But why does it even matter?
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Location: Portland Ballroom

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