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OSCON 2014 Keynotes

Edwin Aoki

Edwin Aoki, PayPalTechnical Fellow

9:20am Wednesday, 07/23/2014
In February of this year, PayPal announced it had hired Danese Cooper as their first Head of Open Source. PayPal? And Open Source? In fact, Open Source is playing a key role in reinventing PayPal engineering as a place where innovation at scale is easy and fun - especially if you like to work in Open Source.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Gina Blaber

Gina Blaber, O'Reilly Media, Inc.VP, Conferences

VP of Conferences, O’Reilly. Interested in big data, web performance and operations, open source, publishing, location-based technologies, JavaScript, social media, and related topics. Love to hear about cutting edge content and speakers in these areas, and practical ideas for reaching a more diverse audience and speaker base.

11:50am Thursday, 07/24/2014
OSCON belongs to its attendees, and we want to hear what you think of this year’s show. Join the organizers to talk about what you loved and hated about OSCON, and what you’d like to see next year.
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Location: E144
Josh Bleecher Snyder

Josh Bleecher Snyder, PayPalDirector of Software Engineering

Josh Bleecher Snyder is the Director Of Software Engineering at PayPal. He was a co-founder / CTO of Card.io, which was acquired by PayPal in 2012. Josh was leading card.io’s technology development. Before card.io, Josh founded Treeline Labs, an iOS software development company, and was a Senior Software Engineer at AdMob where he was the first iOS engineer. Josh dropped out of the Philosophy Ph.D. program at Stanford University (ABD).

9:20am Wednesday, 07/23/2014
In February of this year, PayPal announced it had hired Danese Cooper as their first Head of Open Source. PayPal? And Open Source? In fact, Open Source is playing a key role in reinventing PayPal engineering as a place where innovation at scale is easy and fun - especially if you like to work in Open Source.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Tim Bray

Tim Bray, IndependentWeb Guy

Tim has co-founded two companies, helped raise five rounds of venture capital, written over a million words on his blog, edited the official specifications of both XML and JSON, worked for Sun Microsystems and Google, and is worried about passwords, Web culture, and tractable concurrency.

9:10am Wednesday, 07/23/2014
What do you care about most in the worlds of software, the Net, and Life Online? Are you worried about it? Now is the time for sensible, reasonable, extreme paranoia.
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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 Thermeon Europe

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

9:05am Wednesday, 07/23/2014
Keynote by Piers Cawley, Perl programmer, singer and balloon modeller.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Wendy Chisholm

Wendy Chisholm, MicrosoftSenior Accessibility Strategist and Universal Design Evangelist

I am an author, activist and project manager. I co-wrote “Universal Design for Web Applications” with Matt May (O’Reilly, 2008) and edited Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and 2.0–the basis of most web accessibility policies. I have appeared as Wonder Woman in a web comic with the other HTML5 Super Friends and as myself in interviews on Minnesota Public Radio, Puget Sound Public Radio, and at Ignite Seattle. In November 2009, I was the Seattle PI’s Geek of the Week.

I’ve focused on universal design since 1995. Being both a developer (B.S. in Computer Science) and a Human Factors Engineer (M.S. in Industrial Engineering/Human Factors), I bridge communication between developers and designers. As a Senior Strategist at Microsoft,... Read More.

9:30am Tuesday, 07/22/2014
Keynote by Wendy Chisholm, Senior Accessibility Strategist and Universal Design Evangelist, Microsoft.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper, PayPalHead of Open Source

Danese Cooper has an 22-year history in the software industry and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Ms. Cooper joined PayPal in February 2014, and has held many leadership roles within the computer science sector. She has managed teams at Symantec and Apple Inc. and for six years served as Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun Microsystems before leaving to serve as Senior Director for Open Source Strategies at Intel. She advised on open source policy to the R community while at REvolution Computing (now Revolution Analytics), and she served from February 2010 to July 2011 as Chief Technical Officer for the Wikimedia Foundation. She currently runs a successful consultancy to companies wishing to pursue open source strategies, which has served the... Read More.

9:20am Wednesday, 07/23/2014
In February of this year, PayPal announced it had hired Danese Cooper as their first Head of Open Source. PayPal? And Open Source? In fact, Open Source is playing a key role in reinventing PayPal engineering as a place where innovation at scale is easy and fun - especially if you like to work in Open Source.
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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 Thursday, 07/24/2014
Keynote by Paul Fenwick, managing director of Perl Training Australia.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Beth Flanagan

Beth Flanagan, Intel Corp.Senior Software Engineer, Opensource Technology Center

Beth ‘pidge’ Flanagan is a Senior Software Engineer with Intel’s Opensource Technology Center. She spends most of her work life hacking on OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project. She is the release engineer for the Yocto Project, maintainer of the yocto-autobuilder and pilot of the Yocto Blimp.

9:20am Thursday, 07/24/2014
As more and more atypical devices are internet enabled, operating system providers need to look at the longer term impacts and plan accordingly. How can CE manufactures keep devices up to date and secure over the lifetime of the device. What does it look like when we fail to plan to do so? How can the open source way solve some of these problems.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Omri Gazitt

Omri Gazitt, Hewlett PackardVP of Engineering, HP Helion Platform

Omri Gazitt serves as VP of Engineering of HP’s Helion Platform team, which delivers core parts of the Helion OpenStack and Helion Development Platform products, targeted at Enterprises that want to stand up their own Cloud on-premises, or consume it as a hosted platform in HP’s Managed and Public Clouds. Omri’s team is responsible for Identity & Access, Metering, Monitoring, Management Console, Load Balancing, DNS, Database, Messaging, Application Lifecycle, Developer Experience, and User Experience, and contributes heavily into the OpenStack and Cloud Foundry open source projects.

In prior lives, Omri helped create .NET, Web Services, and Azure, as well as the Xbox and Kinect developer platforms. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Redmond, WA, and loves rainy winter days in... Read More.

9:45am Tuesday, 07/22/2014
More and more Enterprises are evaluating and adopting OpenStack as an option for deployments in the cloud. HP Helion OpenStack is the latest addition to the OpenStack distribution, find out how your Enterprise can leverage it to deliver a scalable, secure and stable cloud environment for complex workloads.
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Location: Portland Ballroom

James Grierson, Bluehost.comChief Operating Officer

James Grierson is the current Chief Operating Officer at Bluehost.com which powers over 2 million websites worldwide. During his time at Bluehost, James co-founded SimpleScripts automated installer for Open Source applications (merged with the MOJO Marketplace in 2013) and created the Bluehost Open Source Solutions program to support Open Source Communities. These programs provide Open Source projects with a distribution model, user feedback loop, discounted hosting services, financial support and leadership consulting.

9:20am Tuesday, 07/22/2014
Non-profit entities help impact the lives for millions of people, and make the world a better place. Bluehost is working with Grassroots.org to help make it simpler for non-profits to get online and share their messages with the world. Join us and learn how you can help make a difference.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Leslie Hawthorn

Leslie Hawthorn, ElasticsearchCommunity Manager

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

9:45am Wednesday, 07/23/2014
The purpose of this talk is to reexamine the topic through the lens of concrete things individuals can do to check their privilege – and to put it to work serving themselves and others.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Raymond Henderson

Raymond Henderson, Grassroots.orgExecutive Director

Ray has over 25 years of experience in the business and non-profit sector. He is the Executive Director of Grassroots.org, a nonprofit organization that helps over 8500 nonprofits accelerate their efforts through the use of technology and serves on the Board of Directors for Fight the New Drug.org. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Ohana Makamae Inc, an award winning substance abuse clinic and as Board President of Ma Ka Hana Ka `Ike, a nationally recognized, building and trades program for “at risk” youth in Hawaii. Prior to his work with non-profits, he worked marketing management for US West Direct, MCI WorldCom and MCA Records. His awards include: 2009 State of Hawaii – Governor’s Innovation Award for Nonprofits, 2008 Maui- Executive... Read More.

9:20am Tuesday, 07/22/2014
Non-profit entities help impact the lives for millions of people, and make the world a better place. Bluehost is working with Grassroots.org to help make it simpler for non-profits to get online and share their messages with the world. Join us and learn how you can help make a difference.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Shadaj Laddad

Shadaj Laddad, SchoolStudent

Shadaj is a 14 year old who loves to program. He has programmed in Logo, NXT Mindstorms, Ruby, Python, C, Java, and Scala—his favorite. Shadaj hosts his projects on GitHub, and has an educational channel on Youtube. He has presented at Scala Days 2013, Scala Days 2012, and the Bay Area Scala Enthusiast group showing his Scala projects. Besides programming, he likes Math and Science. Shadaj is also an active member of his school community as Student Council President. He loves spreading a love of technology, and started TechTalks—a program that brings guest speakers to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with students at his school. When not doing his school work or programming, he plays guitar, sitar, and games, some of which he created.

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9:05am Tuesday, 07/22/2014
Kids can start to learn to program at any age; I started at six. All I needed was tools, guidance, and encouragement. Once I got hooked, a whole new world of possibilities opened up for me. I could create my own video games instead of being restricted by the rules of games made by others.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Will Marshall

Will Marshall, Planet LabsCEO

Will is responsible for setting the company’s vision and and for architecting the company strategy. Previously, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he served as Co-Investigator for PhoneSat, Science Team member on the LCROSS and LADEE lunar missions. He led research projects in orbital space debris remediation. Will has published over 30 articles in scientific publications. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.

9:55am Tuesday, 07/22/2014
Keynote by Will Marshall, CEO of Planet Labs.
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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 Wednesday, 07/23/2014
Wednesday announcements and remarks by OSCON program chairs, Matthew McCullough, Sarah Novotny and Simon St. Laurent. We'll be announcing more keynote speakers here soon.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
9:00am Thursday, 07/24/2014
Thursday announcements and remarks by OSCON program chairs, Matthew McCullough, Sarah Novotny and Simon St. Laurent. We'll be announcing more keynote speakers here soon.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
9:00am Tuesday, 07/22/2014
Opening remarks by OSCON program chairs, Matthew McCullough, Sarah Novotny and Simon St. Laurent.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
11:50am Thursday, 07/24/2014
OSCON belongs to its attendees, and we want to hear what you think of this year’s show. Join the organizers to talk about what you loved and hated about OSCON, and what you’d like to see next year.
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Location: E144
Rachel Nabors

Rachel Nabors, rachelnabors.comInteraction Developer and Cartoonist

Rachel Nabors is an interaction developer, award-winning cartoonist, and host of the Infinite Canvas Screencast. She deftly blends the art of traditional storytelling with digital media to “tell better stories through code” at her company Tin Magpie. You can catch her as @RachelNabors on Twitter and at rachelnabors.com.

9:40am Thursday, 07/24/2014
You may not feel like you’re a “creative person,” but never underestimate where your code could turn up or what stories it might tell. The most unassuming repo can be remixed into something magnificent.
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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 Wednesday, 07/23/2014
Wednesday announcements and remarks by OSCON program chairs, Matthew McCullough, Sarah Novotny and Simon St. Laurent. We'll be announcing more keynote speakers here soon.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
9:00am Thursday, 07/24/2014
Thursday announcements and remarks by OSCON program chairs, Matthew McCullough, Sarah Novotny and Simon St. Laurent. We'll be announcing more keynote speakers here soon.
Full Details
Location: Portland Ballroom
9:00am Tuesday, 07/22/2014
Opening remarks by OSCON program chairs, Matthew McCullough, Sarah Novotny and Simon St. Laurent.
Full Details
Location: Portland Ballroom
11:50am Thursday, 07/24/2014
OSCON belongs to its attendees, and we want to hear what you think of this year’s show. Join the organizers to talk about what you loved and hated about OSCON, and what you’d like to see next year.
Full Details
Location: E144
9:20am Wednesday, 07/23/2014
In February of this year, PayPal announced it had hired Danese Cooper as their first Head of Open Source. PayPal? And Open Source? In fact, Open Source is playing a key role in reinventing PayPal engineering as a place where innovation at scale is easy and fun - especially if you like to work in Open Source.
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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.

Carol Smith

Carol Smith, Google, Inc.Program Manager

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

9:50am Tuesday, 07/22/2014
A (very) fast overview of the results of the program: lines of code, #'s of participants, and so on.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Andrew Sorensen

Andrew Sorensen, QUTArtist-programmer

Andrew Sorensen is an artist-programmer whose interests lie at the
intersection of computer science and creative practice. Andrew is well
known for creating the programming languages that he uses in live
performance to generate improvised audiovisual theatre. He has been
invited to perform these contemporary audiovisual improvisations
around the world. Andrew is a Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland
University of Technology and is the author of the Impromptu and
Extempore programming language environments.

9:05am Thursday, 07/24/2014
In this presentation Andrew will be live-coding the generative algorithms that will be producing the music that the audience will be listening too. As Andrew is typing he will also attempt to narrate the journey, discussing the various computational and musical choices made along the way. A must see for anyone interested in creative computing.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Simon St. Laurent

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

Simon St.Laurent has spent most of his career explaining technology. He is co-chair of the Fluent and OSCON conferences, a Senior Editor at O’Reilly, and a web developer. He has written over a dozen books, including Introducing Elixir, Introducing Erlang, Learning Rails, XML Elements of Style, and XML: A Primer. He spends his spare time making objects out of wood and presenting on local history.

9:00am Wednesday, 07/23/2014
Wednesday announcements and remarks by OSCON program chairs, Matthew McCullough, Sarah Novotny and Simon St. Laurent. We'll be announcing more keynote speakers here soon.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
9:00am Thursday, 07/24/2014
Thursday announcements and remarks by OSCON program chairs, Matthew McCullough, Sarah Novotny and Simon St. Laurent. We'll be announcing more keynote speakers here soon.
Full Details
Location: Portland Ballroom
9:20am Tuesday, 07/22/2014
Non-profit entities help impact the lives for millions of people, and make the world a better place. Bluehost is working with Grassroots.org to help make it simpler for non-profits to get online and share their messages with the world. Join us and learn how you can help make a difference.
Full Details
Location: Portland Ballroom
9:00am Tuesday, 07/22/2014
Opening remarks by OSCON program chairs, Matthew McCullough, Sarah Novotny and Simon St. Laurent.
Full Details
Location: Portland Ballroom
11:50am Thursday, 07/24/2014
OSCON belongs to its attendees, and we want to hear what you think of this year’s show. Join the organizers to talk about what you loved and hated about OSCON, and what you’d like to see next year.
Full Details
Location: E144
Ryan Vinyard

Ryan Vinyard, Highway1Engineering Lead

Ryan is the Engineering Lead at Highway1, a hardware-focused startup accelerator located in San Francisco under parent company PCH International. He is a Mechanical Engineer who came to PCH through its consulting arm Lime Lab, where he developed consumer products for Fortune 500 brands. Previous to PCH, Ryan worked at startups in the cleantech and electric vehicle space where he developed novel powertrain, motor control, and thermal systems. Ryan holds a B.S. in Product Design from Stanford University.

9:30am Thursday, 07/24/2014
Open source design has been a recent trend in hardware, but it tends to be limited to open libraries of 3D-printable parts. These are geared at makers, artists, hobbyists, and whoever else really wants to print their own figurines, not necessarily the engineering community.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley, Leading Edge Forum (CSC)Researcher

based in the UK, works for CSC’s Leading Edge Forum, a global research and advisory programme. Simon’s focus is on the intersection of strategy, economics and new technologies.

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 poll in 2011 and 2012.

9:30am Wednesday, 07/23/2014
In this keynote, Simon will present the general principles of industry change and describe what can and cannot be predicted. He will then examine how companies can better understand the environment around them and by anticipating the nature of change then manipulate the market in their favor through open techniques.
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Location: Portland Ballroom