O'Reilly Open Source Convention - August 1-5, 2005 - Portland, Oregon
 Convention Coverage

Speakers

One of the best reasons to attend the O'Reilly Open Source Convention is the unprecedented gathering of top-notch presenters, leaders, and experts. Core developers, unique users, and visionaries share their knowledge with you to help you solve your computing or programming challenges. You won't find a gathering like this at any other conference.

Mohamed Abdelaziz
Mohamed Abdelaziz is one of the principal senior architects of Project JXTA, Peer-to-Peer Networking, at Sun Microsystems since the inception of the project. Most of Mohamed's focus has been in the areas of DHT, Discovery, Peer Resolution, Pipe, and net.jxta.socket to name a few. Mohamed's professional life before Project JXTA included research and development of Java Technologies, Data Communication, and device driver development.

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Brian Aker
Brian Aker is the director of architecture for MySQL when he helps set direction for technology and looks for opportunities to harness and shape the MySQL database for efforts in Web, OEM, and telephony. In his copious amounts of free time he works on Apache and Perl modules, and hacks on the Asterisk Telephony System (hence, never has a working home phone number). In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The Virtual Hospital, Splunk, and Slashdot. He lives in Seattle with his dog Rosalynd.

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Ilia Alshanetsky
Ilia Alshanetsky is a senior software engineer at Advanced Internet Designs Inc., a company specializing in development of web based solutions such as FUDforum, a high performance open source bulletin board. He has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP project, including PDO, GD, SQLite, Shmop, StatGrab and other extensions, countless bug fixes and by being the release manager of PHP 4.3.X series. Lately Alshanetsky can be found giving talks and writing of a variety of PHP topics. You can reach him at ilia@ilia.ws

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Kevin Altis
Kevin Altis is the lead developer for PythonCard, an open source framework for building cross-platform, standalone, desktop GUI applications. He is probably best known for his work as the co-developer of the Web Proxies Standard. He then went on to found City.Net, which was later sold to Excite, Inc., and became Excite Travel.

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Tom Anderson
Tom Anderson works as a design automation scientist for Agilent Technologies. His current work project is to invent new types of circuit simulation capability for Agilent engineers. On his own time he builds audio projects and is an author for MAKE magazine.

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David Ascher
David Ascher manages the ActiveState division of Sophos, an international software company. In this role, he provides business and technical leadership for ActiveState's tools, languages, and resources for open source programming languages.

Prior to ActiveState's acquisition by Sophos, Ascher was the technical lead for ActiveState's Python initiatives and for the Komodo integrated development environment (IDE), which was one of the first professional applications built on top of the Mozilla codebase by a team outside of the Netscape/Mozilla team.  Komodo is a commercial IDE which has been on the market for several years, and ships on Windows, Linux, Solaris, and soon Mac OS X.

Ascher is a key figure in the Python community, and a director of the Python Software Foundation. He is a Python trainer and frequent speaker at software conferences, including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention. Ascher co-authored Learning Python and co-edited The Python Cookbook, both published by O'Reilly; helped develop and document the Numeric and PyOpenGL Python extensions.

Prior to joining ActiveState, Ascher was a Python consultant in areas including telemedicine, high-performance graphics, scientific computing, web/database interfaces, and Windows CE. He has worked for Apple Computer, Neuron Data, Brown University, and Distributed Data Systems.

Ascher holds a B.Sc. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, both from Brown University. His interests include scientific computing, advanced user interface and object-oriented programming techniques.

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John Paul Ashenfelter
John Paul Ashenfelter is CTO and founder of TransitionPoint.com, where he builds web-based business applications for startups and small companies. He has written the aboutSQL column for O'Reilly's onLAMP.com site, written several books, and speaks about data warehousing and other topics at open source conferences.

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R. Geoffrey Avery
R. Geoffrey Avery is a computer scientist at GlaxoSmithKline where he builds tools for bioinformaticians. He is also a Perl Monger and occasional contributor to CPAN.

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Marcus Börger
Marcus Börger works for Google in Zürich, Switzerland, andspecializes in C/C++, databases, UML, XML, and of course PHP. To the PHP community, he is also known as helly. He is one of the core developers focused on the new OO features of PHP 5 and Zend Engine 2. Börger has 'hacked' around on all kinds of stuff for over 15 years.

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Jacob Babbin
Jake Babbin works as a contractor with a government agency, filling the role of Intrusion Detection Team lead. He has worked in both private industry as a security professional and in the government space in a variety of IT security roles. He is a speaker at several IT security conferences and is a frequent assistant in SANS Security Essentials Bootcamp, Incident Handling, and Forensics courses. Babbin lives in Virginia and has written books for Syngress and O'Reilly.

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Mitchell Baker
Mitchell Baker is CEO of Mozilla Corporation, and Chief Lizard Wrangler for the Mozilla project as a whole. The Mozilla project strives to maintain choice and innovation in key Internet applications by delivering great, user-friendly software, such as the Firefox web browser and Thunderbird email client. As one of the world's largest open source software development projects, the Mozilla project includes paid and volunteer staff members, engineers at numerous companies who are paid to work on Mozilla, a volunteer population numbering in the thousands, a range of spin-off projects, and a set of companies using Mozilla technology to build products.

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Stephen Ball
Steve Ball is the director of development for Ingres, in charge of the core Ingres DBMS Development team.

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Moshe Bar
Prior to XenSource, Moshe Bar, an open source veteran and openMosix Project leader, co-founded Qlusters, Inc., where he served as CTO, leading the company's technology and product strategy. Previously, Bar was VP, ERP implementations, at Baan Europe. He is the author of three books on Linux internals and open source development tools, a senior editor at byte.com, a founding research member of Democritos, the Italian national institute for nuclear simulation, and teaches at the UNESCO and U.N. Atomic Agencies.

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Anthony Baxter
Anthony Baxter has been involved in the open source community for more than a decade, largely working in Python and, in the last few years, on Python. He's worked in the Internet area and now in the telco space, where he gets to exercise his incredibly short attention span by working on far far too many things at once. He's written or contributed to more open source projects than he can remember--mostly related to networking and protocol implementations.

Baxter is currently the release manager for Python. This is much less glamorous than you might think. His real job is at ekit, a telephone company focussing on the travel market.

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Kevin Bedell
Kevin Bedell is a senior consultant with Black Duck Software and works with a wide variety of organizations on issues related to combining open source code with proprietary software. He is a seasoned software professional with over ten years of direct experience either developing software or managing software developers. He was founding editor of LinuxWorld Magazine and continues there as open source editor. Bedell has a degree in engineering and an M.B.A., is a frequent speaker at industry events, and is a member of Toastmaster's International. Visit Bedell's O'Reilly blog.

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Stas Bekman
Stas Bekman is an open source developer, spending most of his time working on the ASF mod_perl project. He is an ASF member, online columnist, and a co-author of Practical mod_perl, published by O'Reilly Media, Inc.

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Artur Bergman
Artur Bergman spends most of the time achieving the impossible. He has co-founded four companies ranging from Internet based stock exchanges to content management system solutions. In the open source world, he was mostly involved in the Perl 5 development process as well as working on a wide range of topics from open source large scale storage systems to distributed peer2peer version control systems. Today he works managing the engineering team at Six Apart that develops the software run by LiveJournal.com; another impossible feat.

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Josh Berkus
Josh Berkus has been a member of the PostgreSQL Core Team for four years, and leads PostgreSQL contributions & support for Sun Microsystems, and is on the Board of Directors for Software in the Public Interest, Inc. He has been a leader of several other OSS projects, including OpenOffice.org, OpenBRR and LedgerSMB.

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Zaheda Bhorat
Zaheda Bhorat has been an Open Source advocate since managing the OpenOffice.org project and community while working for Sun Microsystems Inc. She took the project from inception to a 1.0 release. With her experience of building communities of contributers, she created one of the first open source marketing projects with a global team of passionate volunteers to promote both open source and launch the office suite. She also managed the NetBeans Open Source community and the Sun marketing team responsible for NetBeans 3.6. Zaheda lead the development and growth of online communities, in Europe, at Apple Computer in the '90s with AppleLink and eWorld, evangelizing the shift to online publishing prior to her open source work. Zaheda has 15 years software industry experience and holds a BSc in Computer Science. Zaheda has recently joined Google, managing Open Source Programs, living in London.

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Ask Bjørn Hansen
Ask Bjørn Hansen is a software developer and consultant focused on Perl, Apache, Linux and other open source technologies. He has worked with Perl for more than eight years, building large and small systems in Perl, including mod_perl systems serving thousands of requests per second. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and has been building and managing much of the perl.org community infrastructure since 1999.

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Aaron Boodman
Aaron Boodman has been developing web applications for the last five years using many technologies, but is most well known for his work with JavaScript DHTML AJAX. By day, he works at Google on whatever fun front-end projects happen to be going on. By night, he is the author of youngpup.net, a weblog about web development; numerous open-source JavaScript libraries; and Greasemonkey, the user script manager for Firefox.

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Niel Bornstein
Niel Bornstein is a Senior Architect in Novell Consulting's Linux and Open Source practice. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, he has spent 14 years working on corporate and commercial client-server, N-tier, and web-hosted applications, in an impressively random assortment of industries. He lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife and son, an array of animals, and a few glowing boxes. He is the author of .NET and XML and co-author of Mono: A Developer's Notebook.

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Alex Bosworth
As an Open Source advocate, Alex Bosworth is the Program Manager driving SourceLabs overall community efforts and outreach. He is responsible for creating features for the company’s community-driven services. Prior to SourceLabs, Alex worked at BEA on Project Alchemy where he defined a client for the next generation of web applications.

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Joe Bosworth
Joe Bosworth was one of the founders, the chairman, and MC of the first International Personal Robot Congress held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April, 1984, and keynoted by Isaac Asimov.

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Tim Boudreau
Tim Boudreau had his first startup when he was 13, and has been hooked since, with brief departures to play rock and roll, write and play music and do graphics and photography. He is the coauthor of NetBeans, the Definitive Guide from O'Reilly and Associates. Tim was part of the team that open sourced NetBeans, Sun Microsystems' Java(tm) development environment, and currently work as a developer on that project.

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Rich Bowen
Rich Bowen is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, where he works on the documentation of the Apache Web Server. He's also the web guy at Asbury college (asbury.edu) in Wilmore, Kentucky.

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Mark A. Brewer
Mark Brewer joined Covalent Technologies, the leading provider of products and services for Tomcat and Apache, in late 2001 as Vice President of Field Operations and took over as CEO in early 2004. Prior to Covalent, Brewer held sales management and executive positions with Banter Technologies, Andromedia, and Powersoft.

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Dan Brian
Dan Brian is a software engineer, writer, analyst, and entrepreneur. His development and research interests include natural language processing, knowledge ontologies, and entertainment software. He is currently engaged with a small startup building web-based multiplayer knowledge games scheduled to launch in 2005. Brian was formerly a columnist for the Perl journal, a contributor to several O'Reilly texts, and a senior software engineer at NTT/Verio.

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Jeremy Brinkley
Jeremy Brinkley is currently a lead security engineer at a Fortune 100 IT outsourcing company, but he has also been a database administrator, software engineer, senior programmer/analyst, and Unix system administrator. He's worked in a range of industries, including a dotcom, technology startup, blood bank, and university.

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Christopher Browne
Christopher Browne is a database administrator with Afilias Canada in their Operations/Data Services group. He has been involved with various registry data conversions, as well as the operations of Afilias' registry databases and replication systems. Past involvements include SAP R/3 data conversions and systems development.

In the open source community, Browne has been involved with development of financial applications including cbb, GnuCash, and SQL-Ledger, and most recently the Slony-I replication system.

Browne holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo as well as a Master of Science degree in Systems Science from the University of Ottawa.

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Joel Burton
Joel Burton is an active member of the Plone development community and serves as chair of the board of the nonprofit Plone Foundation. He leads the open source development division of CIGNEX Technologies.

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Dries Buytaert
Dries Buytaert is the founder and project lead of Drupal, and a Ph.D. student at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

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Dave Camp
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Nicolas Cannasse
Nicolas Cannasse leads research and development at Motion-Twin, a French Flash web-based games company. He has been working on several compilers and design of programming languages. In order to improve development on the Flash platform, he released MTASC (Motion-Twin ActionScript 2 Compiler) under GPL. He is also an active member of the OCaml programming language community.

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Bryan Cantrill
Bryan Cantrill is in the Solaris Kernel Development Group at Sun Microsystems. Over his career, Cantrill has done work in many kernel subsystems; most recently, he--along with Mike Shapiro and Adam Leventhal--designed, implemented, and shipped DTrace, a facility for dynamic instrumentation of production systems.

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Brian Capouch
Brian Capouch is an assistant professor and chair of the department of computer science at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. He also operates a small wireless ISP. He has taught two college classes and given presentations on VoIP and Asterisk. Currently he is restoring a 152-year-old railroad hotel.

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Shane Caraveo
Shane Caraveo is a senior developer at ActiveState, where he is the technical lead for the Komodo IDE, a multi-language IDE for scripting languages that is developed on top of Mozilla. He has four years experience developing on Mozilla using XUL, XBL, Javascript, and Python. He is a core PHP developer, working extensively on SOAP, FastCGI, and the Windows port. He also co-authored the DBGP protocol for providing a standardized debugger communication layer in scripting languages.

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Terry Chay
Terry Chay was the only Mac user at Plaxo, where he develops the web-based version of their product (they tolerate him because he stinks at CounterStrike). In past lives, he developed the communication layer between an internet-enabled home control device and the web browser, voice portals, PDAs and cell phones via SOAP in PHP, and the first internet travel search engine, also in PHP. He gives seminars on PHP development, which really is just a veiled excuse to play with Keynote. He also thinks it’s pretty cool that he can boast at least six years of Ajax experience in his resume when it has only been around for two of them.

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chromatic
chromatic is the technical editor of the O'Reilly Network. He edits ONLamp.com, the Linux Dev Center, and Perl.com. In his spare time, he is a prolific CPAN developer, a member of the Perl 6 design team, and a contributor to Perl 5, Parrot, and Pugs.

chromatic is also the author or co-author of several books, including Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook (with Ian Langworth) and Perl Hacks (with Damian Conway and Curtis "Ovid" Poe).

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Nicholas Clark
Nicholas Clark first used Perl processing data for a C++ program, got sucked in as a core porter, and is now trapped beyond the event horizon as the 5.8 maintenance pumpking. He is part of Fotango's conspiracy of orange, and resolves to write more Acme:: modules in future.

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Jeremy Cole

Jeremy Cole is MySQL Geek and co-founder at Proven Scaling LLC, where he consults on architecture, performance, scalability, reliability, and availability.

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Garrett Conaty
Garrett Conaty is an open source evangelist for BEA, most notably the Apache Beehive project. He has over ten years of industry experience, with the last six years focused on SOA and J2EE development in both integration and infrastructure.

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Damian Conway
Damian has been a vi addict for quarter of a century. His h, j, k, and l keys are polished blank with overuse. He's noremapped his space and tab keys to more useful functions. His .vimrc is over 600 lines long, about 90% of it scripting code. VIM is his second favorite programming language and his only IDE.

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Kees Cook
Kees Cook has been working with Free Software since 1994, and is employed by Canonical as an Ubuntu Security Engineer. In his spare time, he helps admin the mirrors on kernel.org, and hacks on Inkscape. He has written several utilities including GOPchop and Sendpage, and contributes to other projects including Wine, MPlayer, OpenSSH, and the Linux Kernel.

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Rod Cope
Rod Cope is the CTO and founder of OpenLogic, Inc. He has 20 years of software development experience, including nine years of Java. Cope has used Groovy, JBoss, Hibernate, AspectJ, MySQL, Ant, and other open aource projects extensively in commercial applications.

Cope has spoken on Groovy and other topics at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention and to Java User Groups around the country. He is currently writing a book on Groovy for O'Reilly. He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in Software Engineering from the University of Louisville.

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Karen Copenhaver

Immediately prior to joining Black Duck, Karen was a partner in the Patent and Intellectual Property Group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP practicing in the area of technology licensing. Karen began her legal career at IBM in New York and held various counsel positions in marketing and development locations, including serving for ten years as site counsel for the semiconductor development labs and manufacturing facilities in Burlington, Vermont. In 1992 she joined Brown & Bain PA working with technology clients in their offices in Phoenix, Arizona, and Silicon Valley.

She has served as an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School in the field of Computer Law, lectured at Suffolk's Advanced Legal Series conferences on copyright law and sophisticated licensing issues, served as chair for the Practicing Law Institute’s annual conference on Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic Alliances, and is a frequent speaker at conferences devoted to issues relating to open source licensing.

Karen is a graduate of Dickinson School of Law (JD, 1979), is admitted to practice in New York, Vermont, California and Massachusetts.

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Doug Cutting
Doug Cutting has worked on search technology for 20 years. This includes five years at Xerox PARC, three years at Apple, and over four years at Excite. In 1998 he wrote Lucene, an open-source search library which became an Apache project in 2001. In 2003 he founded Nutch, an open-source web search application, and in 2006 he started Hadoop, an open-source distributed-computing framework, both at Apache. Doug currently works for Yahoo!.

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Kevin Czap
Kevin Czap is a software engineer with the IBM developerWorks Developer Skills Team. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He joined IBM in 1989. Czap has held various positions in IBM ranging from AIX course development to eBusiness architect. Kevin holds the following certifications: IBM Solution Designer, Advisor,Technologist and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0.  Czap has written several tutorials on installing and using IBM middleware on Linux.  Czap is also a featured speaker for IBM's developerWorks Live Linux technical briefings.

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Darren R. Davis
Darren Davis is the Linux developer evangelist working in Novell's Strategic Partner Engineering group helping ISVs to develop and port their applications to SUSE LINUX. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Utah State University. He has worked with BSD, Linux, UNIX, and open source software since 1987 in roles of software development, management, technology strategy, and technology evangelism for several software companies.

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Miguel de Icaza
As the founder and leader of the GNOME Foundation, de Icaza is one of the foremost luminaries in the Linux development community. With his seemingly boundless energy, de Icaza has galvanized the effort to make Linux accessible and available to the average computer user. He brings this same excitement to his role as CTO of Ximian. de Icaza was instrumental in porting Linux to the SPARC architecture and led development of the Midnight Commander file manager and the Gnumeric spreadsheet. He is also a primary author of the design of the Bonobo component model, which leads the way in the development of large-scale applications in GNOME.

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John De Vitis
John De Vitis is a product unit manager for MSN® Search, which is part of the MSN core business unit at Microsoft Corp. He leads a product unit responsible for building the next wave of local search that will help consumers find and discover businesses and services in their community through new and innovative technologies. His previous role was director of technology, where he was responsible for leading all aspects of product development and service operations for MSNBC.com. Before this, De Vitis worked with Microsoft in various capacities on MSN House & Home, MSN Autos and Product Support Services IT Groups. His tenure at Microsoft has spanned more than nine years. De Vitis graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.

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Scott Delap
Scott Delap is an independent consultant specializing in J2EE and rich Java clients. He has presented at JavaOne and is actively involved in the desktop Java community. He is also the administrator of ClientJava.com, a portal focused on desktop Java development. ClientJava.com is frequently featured all over the web from JavaBlogs to Sun Microsystems' site.

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Nitesh Dhanjani
Nitesh Dhanjani is a manager at Ernst and Young’s Advanced Security Centers, and is the author of O’Reilly’s new book, Network Security Tools: Writing, Hacking, and Modifying Security Tools. He is also the author of Hacknotes: Unix and Linux Security, published by Osborne McGraw-Hill, and a contributing author to the bestselling security book, Hacking Exposed 4. He is a frequent speaker at security conferences such as Blackhat, Hack in the Box, and OSCON.

Prior to Ernst & Young, Dhanjani was a senior consultant at Foundstone where he contributed to and taught Foundstone's "Ultimate Hacking: Expert" and "Ultimate Hacking" security courses. Dhanjani graduated from Purdue University with both bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science.

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Jason Dixon
As the principal of DixonGroup Consulting LLC, Jason Dixon focuses on solving real-world security and infrastructure challenges with free and open source software. Like any good administrator, he gravitates towards software that makes his job simple. In particular, much of his work has focused on secure networking and application development using Linux, OpenBSD, and various FOSS projects.

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Asa Dotzler

Asa Dotzler is the community coordinator for several Mozilla projects. He is the founder and coordinator of Mozilla’s Quality Assurance (QA) and Testing Program, which has grown from just a few contributors when Asa joined the project to tens of thousands of volunteers today. As the Quality Assurance lead, Asa works with Mozilla’s volunteer QA and testing community to ensure excellence and to certify applications for release.

Asa is also co-founder and community coordinator for the Spread Firefox project, launched in October 2004, where he spearheads open-source marketing projects. Spread Firefox is charged with empowering Firefox community members to raise awareness of the popular Web browser.

When he's not helping new QA and marketing contributors, he's working with drivers@mozilla.org, the project management group at Mozilla, to define requirements and development roadmaps for the Mozilla projects.

Asa has been an active member of the Mozilla community since 1999. After volunteering for more than a year, Asa joined the Mozilla organization and has played a key role in delivering products including the release of Mozilla 1.0 and the release of the award-winning Mozilla Firefox Web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client now used by more than 60 million people combined worldwide.

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Mike Douglass

Mike Douglass is a Senior Systems Programmer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Having previously worked on mainframe systems at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University England, then at RPI, he has moved on via Z39.50 and Modula-3 to the Java world. Currently he develops j2ee web applications.

He lives in downtown Troy, NY.

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Bill Dudney

Bill is a long time open source advocate. Since downloading his first copy of Emacs in 1990 he has been an avid user and more recently Bill has been actively involved in several open source projects. He is a commiter on the Apache Software Foundation's MyFaces project (myfaces.apache.org) and has written a book (Eclipse Live) about the open source Eclipse platform (eclipse.org). In addition to his involvement in open source Bill has been doing Java development for 9 years and enterprise computing for 15. At NASA Bill built software for the Space Shuttle program.

Bill has realized the benefits of an open software development process and has helped others including large and small companies realize the same benefits. In addition to the Eclipse title Bill has also co-authored several other books, J2EE AntiPatterns, Jakarta Pitfalls and Mastering Java ServerFaces. Bill is also a frequent speaker at conferences such as ApacheCon, EclipseCon, Colorado Software Summit and several Java User Groups.

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Edd Dumbill
Edd Dumbill is a writer, editor, and free software hacker. He edited O'Reilly's XML.com from 1999 to 2004, is the publisher of XMLhack.com, and chairs the annual XML Europe conference. He packages Bluetooth software for Debian GNU/Linux and is the author of the GNOME Bluetooth subsystem.

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James A. Duncan
James Duncan is Fotango’s Evangelist and spends a lot of his time attempting to improve software and save us from "yak-shaving". He has been active in the open source community for over 10 years and a speaker at conferences for 5. In his spare time he tries to become proficient at all forms of DIY. This effort has, thus far, been futile.

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Justin Erenkrantz
Justin R. Erenkrantz is a Senior Software Engineer at Joost. He currently serves as a Director for The Apache Software Foundation. He has been a long-time contributor to the development of the Apache HTTP Server, Subversion, APR, Serf, mod_mbox, and flood.

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Johannes Ernst
Johannes Ernst is the founder and CEO of NetMesh Inc., which pioneers Situational™ Software. Previously, he was founderand CEO of Aviatis Corp., a developer of collaborative engineering tools. He holds a doctorate in EE, and also worked for BMW Research and Engineering, FZI, and Integrated Systems. He became a technology pioneer of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2001. Visit his blog.

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Fran Fabrizio
Fran Fabrizio is a senior systems administrator for the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He uses open source software to support a network of Linux, Solaris, and Windows clients, and to meet the department's needs within the limits of a public university budget.

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Shao Fang
Shao Fang is the Director of Productization at SpikeSource, where his group is investigating and applying advanced techniques to test and certify open source components and stacks. Shao holds a MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania. His research area was in pattern recognition and randomized learning algorithms for neural networks. Shao did his undergraduate study in electrical engineering and computer science at California Institute of Technology.

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Brad Fitzpatrick
Brad Fitzpatrick was the founder and CTO of Danga Interactive, best known for the popular community blogging and social networking site LiveJournal.com. Fitzpatrick grew LiveJournal from its early days as a hobby project in college to a site with over 13 million accounts. Throughout LiveJournal's history, Fitzpatrick led the development of a number of open source tools and projects including memcached, OpenID, MogileFS, Perlbal, and DJabberd.

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Brian W. Fitzpatrick
Brian W. Fitzpatrick is a software engineer at Google, working on their open source efforts. Prior to that, Brian worked for CollabNet on Subversion and related version control tools. He also worked at Apple as a senior engineer in the education and professional services divisions. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, a Subversion developer since 2000, and a co-author of the O'Reilly book Version Control with Subversion.

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Nick Gall
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Rafael Garcia-Suarez
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Tony Gaughan
Tony Gaughan is senior vice president of product development at CA, responsible for CA’s database, database management and applications management solutions. Tony has more than 17 years of experience in enterprise software development. Prior to joining CA, he was vice president of ERP applications development at PeopleSoft, where he lead a team of more than 200 developers worldwide in delivering solutions for financials, human resources and asset management. Earlier, he served as vice president of CRM development at Oracle. Tony holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Heriot-Watt University.

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Rishab Aiyer Ghosh
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh is Founding International and Managing Editor of First Monday, the most widely read peer-reviewed on-line journal of the Internet. He is Programme Leader at MERIT/UNU-Intech in Maastricht, Netherlands. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences on four continents about the socio-economics of the information. He coordinated the European Union -funded FLOSS project, the most comprehensive study of free/libre/open source users and developers, coordinates the follow-on FLOSSPOLS project on policy support, and the new FLOSSWorld project conducting studies in 8 developing countries. He is actively involved in initiatives related to government policy on open source, and conducts research funded by the EU, the Dutch government and the US National Science Foundation. Since May 2005, he is on the board of the Open Source Initiative.

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Claire Giordano
Claire Giordano manages the OpenSolaris Marketing team at Sun. Most recently, Claire directed the engineering effort to open source the Solaris Operating System and led the team that created the OSI-approved CDDL open source license for OpenSolaris. She also managed the engineering teams that developed the Zones, Service Management Facility, Resource Management and Volume Manager capabilities for Solaris 10. Claire started her tech career as a developer in the tools space and has contributed to Solaris since the SunOS 5.0 days. In the mid-90s, Claire founded the Solaris Platinum Beta program, which continues to connect customers and developers to this day. Claire holds a BS degree from Brown University in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. In her spare spare time, Claire can be found carving turns at Sugarbowl.

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Ben Goodger

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Paul Graham
Paul Graham is the author of On Lisp, Ansi Common Lisp, and Hackers & Painters; was co-founder of Viaweb (now Yahoo Store); discovered a simple Bayesian spam filter that inspired many present filters; and is one of the partners in Y Combinator. He has a PhD in computer science from Harvard and studied painting at RISD and the Accademia in Florence.

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Zak Greant
Zak Greant's love of free software and open source is turning him into a penguin. The only visible changes (so far) are a gradual accumulation of blubber, a loss of hair (which he hopes is the prelude to feather growth), and a growing preference for raw fish. When not practicing how to waddle or wear a tuxedo, he works with eZ systems AS as their managing director for North America; with the Mozilla Foundation on various community issues; and volunteers with the Free Software Foundation's Compliance Lab.

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Saul Griffith
Saul Griffith is an MIT alumnus with multiple degrees in Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Griffith completed his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Laboratory in 2004 on self-replicating hardware and the role and limits of information and state in the self-assembly of complex structure. While at MIT, Griffith co-founded Low Cost Eyeglasses, a company using two novel technologies to provide prescription eyecare at low cost for rural and developing communities. Also at MIT Griffith also started Howtoons with Joost Bonsen and Nick Dragotta. Howtoons is an alternative curricular for hands-on science and engineering, illustrated in playful cartoons. A deep interest in the use of social networks for engineering and design led Griffith to co-found Thinkcycle, and Instructables, experimental platforms for enabling open source approaches to developing physical objects. Griffith received the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT award for inventiveness, and was awarded the Collegiate Inventors award by the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He has received numerous other awards in design and engineering. Griffith's principal research focus is in new multifunctional materials and in minimum and constrained energy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques. If any description were to tie this seemingly broad array of interests together it is that the last 40 years of developments in logic theory and software and documentation enables new ways to look at the way we build and manufacture things. Why, for example, can't physical objects have source code? If we think of the physical elements of a machine as parts of a program, how do we utilize physics and information to define the resulting objects that the machine/s produce? Why not teach children the elements of logic and programming using hands on physical exercises rather than computers? Why not consider the various processes used in making things as shareable sub-routines in a greater library of manufacturing? Griffith holds multiple patents and patents pending in textiles, optics, & nanotechnology.

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Gautam Guliani
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Andi Gutmans
Andi Gutmans has been a contributor to PHP since release 3.0. He is a member of the PHP Group, the Apache Software Foundation, and the Eclipse Foundation. Recently, Gutmans spearheaded the object-oriented improvements for the newly released PHP 5 release. He is co-founder and vice-president of technology for Zend Technologies, which provides products and services for the PHP market.

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Ben Hammersley
Ben Hammersley is a writer, journalist, and professional adventurer. He covers technology for the British national press, and has written and Developing Feeds for RSS and Atom for O'Reilly, amongst other things. He lives in Florence, Italy, and is currently training for an expedition to the North Pole.

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Dick Hardt
A pioneer in the internet sector and open source software community, Dick Hardt has been active in software development for nearly two decades. His most recent venture, Sxip Identity, provides enterprise identity management solutions for on-demand applications that leverage the power of Identity 2.0.

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Perrin Harkins
Perrin Harkins is a senior engineer at Plus Three, an open source-oriented consulting company. His prior experience includes development at 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.

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Ann Harrison
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Rob Harrop

Rob is a software consultant specializing in delivering high-performance, highly-scalable enterprise application. He is an experienced architect with a particular flair for understanding and solving complex design issues. With a thorough knowledge of both Java and .NET, Rob has successfully deployed projects across both platforms. He has extensive experience across a variety of sectors, in particular retail and government.

Rob is the author of five books, including Pro Spring, a widely-acclaimed, comprehensive resource on the Spring Framework.

Rob has been a core developer of the Spring Framework since June 2004 and currently leads the JMX and AOP efforts. In addition to his work on the Spring core, Rob leads the Spring Modules project, which is working to provide Spring integration for a variety of popular useful open source tools. He co-founded UK-based software company Cake Solutions Limited in May 2001, having spent the previous two years working as Lead Developer for a successful dotcom start-up. Rob is a member of the JCP and is involved in the JSR-255 Expert Group for JMX 2.0.

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Erik Hatcher
Erik Hatcher co-authored Lucene in Action and Java Development with Ant. He has spoken at numerous conference and symposiums worldwide, including OSCON and EuroOSCON. Most recently he has been integrating the blinding speed of Lucene (via Solr) with the simplicity of Ruby on Rails to build Collex, a folksonomy grounded scholarly tool.

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Marc Hedlund
Marc Hedlund is Chief Product Officer at Wesabe, a personal finance startup. (He blogs at "Wheaties for Your Wallet": http://www.wesabe.com/blog/.) Before starting Wesabe, Marc was an entrepreneur-in-residence at O'Reilly Media. Prior to that, he was VP of Engineering at Sana Security; co-founder and CEO of Popular Power, a distributed computing startup; and founder and general manager of Lucas Online, the internet subsidiary of Lucasfilm, Ltd. During his early career, Marc was Director of Engineering at Organic Online, and was CTO at Webstorm, where he wrote one of the Internet's first shopping cart applications in 1994. He is a graduate of Reed College.

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Ira Heffan

Ira Heffan is an attorney in the Intellectual Property Transactions and Strategies Practice of Goodwin Procter. He is resident in the firm's Boston office. Ira regularly counsels clients on intellectual property licensing matters, including negotiation of software license agreements and appropriate use of software distributed under “free” and “open source” licenses. He also concentrates his practice on strategic intellectual property counseling, patent and trademark portfolio development, and disputes relating to computer hardware and software technology.

Ira has authored and co-authored various articles on open source software and intellectual property law. He wrote one of the first papers discussing the enforceability of the GNU General Public License, which appeared as a note in the Stanford Law Review in 1997, entitled "Copyleft: Licensing Collaborative Works in the Digital Age." Additional authorships on the subject include “Will Open Source Close Your Exit?” in Venture Update; “‘Open Source’ Software: Weighing the Benefits and Risks” in IP Observer; and “Consider the Risks of Using Open Source Software in Commercial Products” in Mass High Tech.

Ira received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, a M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Union College.

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David Heinemeier Hansson
David Heinemeier Hansson is a programmer and evangelist of Less Software. He's the creator of applications like Instiki, Basecamp, and Ta-da, and works with the open source community and design extraordinaires 37signals. Since its release in late July 2004, he's also been leading the development of Ruby on Rails, a web application framework and environment for building real-world applications with joy and less code than most frameworks spend doing XML sit-ups.

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Mike Hendrickson
During the past 17 years, Hendrickson has held a variety of positions in the publishing industry. He has been a development manager for technical training, an editor of high-end technical reference books, and an editorial manager directing, managing, and mentoring editors.

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Joseph Hill
Joseph Hill is the creator of the Mono Live CD, and administrator of the GotMono Mono user community. He is also the maintainer of several Open Source ASP.NET applications converted to run with Mono and PostgreSQL. Among these are the ASP.NET Forums and the IBuySpy Portal applications, which serve as reference examples for building cross-platform data-driven web applications with Mono.

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D. Richard Hipp
D. Richard Hipp is the founder of Hipp, Wyrick & Company, Inc. (a.k.a. Hwaci), a small North Carolina company providing custom algorithm design and implementation services to large corporations and governments for over 12 years. Hipp holds an M.S.E.E. from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University in Durham, NC.

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Paul Holmes-Higgin
Dr, Paul Holmes-Higgin has a track record of working with major companies, such as IBM, ICL, Olivetti, Siemens, Ford, Mercedes Benz, Resumix and most recently Documentum, to realize advanced technology solutions to real world problems. His expertise covers Knowledge-based Expert Systems, Neural Networks, Information Extraction and Multilingual Natural Language Processing. As well as generating innovative solutions, Paul has extensive experience of rolling them out as corporate production systems. Most recently, Paul has been working with Portal vendors to help them exploit content management within a Web Services context. Paul has PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Surrey.

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Jim Hugunin
Jim Hugunin is an architect on the Common Language Runtime team at Microsoft where he leads the development of IronPython as well as a broader effort to further improve the support for dynamic and scripting languages within the .NET platform. Prior to joining Microsoft, Jim worked at Xerox PARC as one of the principal designers of the AspectJ language and tools. Jim is also the creator of Jython, one of the first and still one of the most popular scripting languages for the Java platform and the second production-quality implementation of the Python programming language.

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Jason Hunter
Jason Hunter is Principal Technologist with Mark Logic, specializing in large-scale XML content manipulation using XQuery. He's the author of "Java Servlet Programming" (O'Reilly Media) and the creator of the JDOM open source project for Java-optimized XML manipulation.

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Brian Ingerson
Ingy döt Net is a hacker with more current projects than years to complete them. Some of his more well-known creations are Inline.pm, Kwiki, and YAML. He is currently homeless, traveling worldwide from hackathon to hackathon.

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Jim Jagielski
Web/open source visionary and advocate Jim Jagielski is Chief Technology Officer for Covalent Technologies, the most trusted source for complete enterprise open source solutions and the leading provider of products and services for the Apache Tomcat Application Server, Apache Geronimo Application Server, Apache Axis Web Services Framework, and Apache HTTP, the world's leading Web server. Jagielski has made developer and porting contributions to numerous Open Source projects including Perl, sendmail, BIND/named, PHP, xntpd, GNU, cgiwrap and FreeBSD.

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Jorg Janke
Jorg Janke is the founder and principal of the Compiere ERP & CRM open source project. As the driving force behind Compiere's success, Janke has more than 20 years of combined business and technical experience, holding all Sun Java and Oracle DBA certifications. Under Janke's leadership, Compiere, Inc. provides stewardship, development, support and training for the company's products as a key part of the overall support provided by Compiere's 50+ partners throughout the world. Before founding Compiere, Janke was director of enterprise systems in Oracle's Application Development Division (Redwood Shores, California) and manager of business applications at the EMEA HQ of Unisys (London). Previously, Janke created an application for the retail and distribution markets and later joined ADV/Orga, the company from which SAP licensed its first version. Janke holds a B.A. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

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Mark Johnson
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Christopher Judd
Christopher Judd is the president and primary consultant for Judd Solutions, LLC, international speaker, open source evangelist, Central Ohio Java Users Group coordinator, and co-author of Enterprise Java Development on a Budget and Pro Eclipse JST. He has spent eight years developing software in the insurance, retail, government, manufacturing, service, and transportation industries. His current focus is consulting, mentoring, and training with Java, J2EE, J2ME, web services, and related technologies.

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Richard Kilmer
Richard Kilmer is the founder of Virginia-based software and services company InfoEther, Inc.. His background includes peer-to-peer software, wireless web, workflow, and pen computing. His current projects make production use of Ruby on several DARPA research projects. He is an active member of the Ruby development community working on Alph, FreeRIDE, RubyGems, RubyJDWP, Jabber4R, and hosts RubyForge.org.

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Dan Kogai
Dan Kogai is a father of two, a husband of one, an enterpreneur, and just another Perl hacker. He has been working in the internet industry in Japan and East Asia since 1995. His most (in)famous achievement therein was a successful IPO of Livin' on the Edge co. ltd. (now Livedoor co. ltd) as a CTO. He thanks Perl for making it possible. He maintains Encode, the largest Perl core module (by size, not by complexity :).

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Satya Komatineni
Satya Komatineni is the creator of Aspire/J2EE: a declarative RAD tool for developing server side applications. He has published over 20 articles with O'Reilly on Java, .Net, XML, and Architecture. He has also created 'Aspire Knowledge Central' for knowledge gathering and disemination. He regularly contributes to java.net via weblogs. He is an active member of an SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) team at Indent, Inc., resulting in a number of SBIR grants including a recent phase2 grant. You can also find him in the IT trenches coding everyday java.

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Molly Krause
Molly Krause is co-project director for H2O (an open source platform for educational exchange) at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. As project director, she works to ensure a user-centered design of its online tools. She also serves as general H2O evangelist. Prior to Berkman, Molly worked for IBM as a Technology Strategist in its Strategic Consulting Services division. Molly received her B.A. from Harvard University in Electrical Engineering.

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Bernard Krieger
Bernhard Krieger is research associate at the Department of Social Anthropology of Cambridge University. He studied ethnology, philosophy and psychology in Munich and Vienna. From 2000 to 2002 he worked as a research fellow at the University of Maastricht (Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology). His current research interests are exchange theories, he focuses in particular on free and open source software.

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Christian Lahti
Christian Lahti has over 15 years experience in the IT industry. He is an expert in security, systems, and networking, having developed and implemented global IT infrastructures with a focus on Linux and open source as well as providing consulting expertise for successful cross-platform integrations and interoperability. He is also skilled in databases and web development. He is a speaker at LinuxWorld and OSCON, and was the lead developer and technical editor of the book Windows To Linux Migration Toolkit, a Syngress title.

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Robert Lang
Robert J. Lang is recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art of origami and its scientific and technological applications. He is noted for designs of great detail and realism, and includes in his repertoire some of the most complex origami designs ever created. He has consulted on applications of origami to engineering problems including medical devices, air-bag design, and expandable space telescopes. He is the author or co-author of eight books and numerous articles on origami and is a regular lecturer on the connections between origami, mathematics, science, and technology.

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Ian Langworth

Ian Langworth is the co-author of the upcoming O'Reilly title Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook, the popular Perl Testing Reference Card, and a handful of Perl modules.

As part of his code quality evangelism, Langworth is speaking about testing at both OSCON and the Yet Another Perl Conference in Toronto this year.

Langworth is currently studying Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology at Northeastern University. Whilst pursuing a degree, he's working toward making higher code quality and robustness an easier goal to achieve.

He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts where he participates in the local Boston Perl Mongers group and lives precariously close to Fenway Park.

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Glyph Lefkowitz
Glyph Lefkowitz is the founder and leader of the Twisted project, an event-based programming framework for Python. Currently, he is the CTO of Divmod, working on an open source, multi-protocol, integrated messaging server. Previously, Lefkowitz worked in the entertainment industry, for developers Origin Systems and Ninjaneering.

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Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz
r0ml is an software architect and systems designer with over thirty years of experience. For two decades, r0ml worked on Wall Street, developing market data, trading, risk management, and quantitative analysis systems. More recently, as chief technical architect at AT&T Wireless, he drove the improvement of their CRM, ERP, commission, and data warehousing systems. Over the last several years, r0ml has become increasingly interested in open source software strategy at large enterprises, and is a frequent speaker on the topic.

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Evan Lenz
Evan Lenz is co-author of O'Reilly's Office 2003 XML and author of the forthcoming XSLT Pocket Reference. Evan holds a B.M. in Piano from Wheaton College. He is currently preparing for entrance to the Ph.D. program in Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at University of Washington. He lives in Seattle, with his wife Lisa, son Samuel, and daughter Morgan.

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Rasmus Lerdorf
Rasmus Lerdorf is known for having gotten the PHP project off the ground in 1995, the mod_info Apache module, and he can be blamed for the ANSI92 SQL-defying LIMIT clause in mSQL 1.x which has now, at least conceptually, crept into both MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Prior to joining Yahoo! as an infrastructure engineer in 2002, he was at a string of companies including Linuxcare, IBM, and Bell Canada working on internet technologies.

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Andy Lester
Andy Lester petdance.com has been aprofessional programmer for over twenty years and Perl evangelist for a decade. As one of the core Perl developers, Andy's interests in Perl focus on quality assurance. He maintains eight testing modules on the CPAN, as well as the Perl QA website. Andy is a frequent speaker at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, YAPC, and at Perl Monger meetings around the country.

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Ted Leung
Ted Leung is a Senior Engineer at the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF), where he is working on the Chandler Personal Information Manager. He is also using his experiences as a member of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) to help OSAF bootstrap a vibrant community around Chandler. Ted continues his involvement with the ASF, where he is working to help new projects become a part of the Apache community. He was one of the original developers of the Xerces-J XML parser, and a founding member of the Apache XML Project. Prior to working at OSAF, he worked for several years as an independent consultant focusing on Java, XML, and web services. Other projects he has worked on include IBM's XML4J, Apple's Newton PDA, and on the compound document portion of Taligent's object-oriented frameworks. Ted is the author of Professional XML Development with Apache Tools, and has written several trade magazine articles and academic papers. You can find Ted's weblog at weblog.

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Howard Lewis Ship
Howard Lewis Ship is the creator and lead developer for the Apache Tapestry project. He cut his teeth writing customer support software for Stratus Computer, but eventually traded PL/1 for Objective-C and NeXTSTEP before settling into Java.

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Geir Magnusson
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Roger Magoulas
Roger Magoulas is the director of market research at O'Reilly Media, Inc. Magoulas runs a team building an open source analysis infrastucture providing analysis services, including technology trend analysis, to business decision makers at O'Reilly and beyond. In previous incarnations, Magoulas has designed and implemented data warehouse projects for organizations ranging from the San Francisco Opera to the Alberta Motor Club.

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Laura Majerus
Laura Majerus is a partner in the intellectual property group of Fenwick & West in Mountain View, California. Her practice concentrates on intellectual property protection and patent counseling in the areas of software, electrical and computer systems. She also counsels clients on Open Source licensing issues. Ms. Majerus is currently serving as the pro bono Director of Legal Affairs for the Open Source Initiative. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Iowa, with distinction, in 1987. She was awarded an MS, also from the University of Iowa in 1987 jointly with her law degree. She also has a B.S. in computer science form the same school. She is admitted to practice in California, Iowa and the District of Columbia.

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Martin Maly
Martin Maly is a developer on the Common Language Runtime team at Microsoft. He is working on the development of IronPython as well as on a broader effort to further improve the support for dynamic and scripting languages within the .NET platform.

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Alex Martelli
Alex Martelli is Uber Technical Lead at Google, Inc. Martelli holds a laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica from Bologna University. He wrote Python in a Nutshell, and also co-edited the Python Cookbook. He's a member of the Python Software Foundation, and won the 2002 Activators' Choice Award. Martelli spent 8 years with IBM Research, earning three Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards; twelve as senior consultant (Win32, Fortran, C, C++, Java, etc), think3 inc; and three as a Python freelance consultant, mostly for AB Strakt. He has taught Programming, Numerical Computing, and OO Design at Ferrara University and other venues.

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Anna Martelli Ravenscroft
Anna Martelli Ravenscroft has an extensive background in use, coaching, and consulting on office applications. Ravenscroft is not a programmer; she just uses Python to get things done. Ravenscroft has been a speaker at several Python Conferences, a technical reviewer on several Python books, and is a co-editor of the Python Cookbook 2nd edition.

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Brian Martin
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Glen Martin
Glen Martin had a brilliant career in engineering, but gave it up and is now Director of Product Management at SpikeSource, where he is responsible for product definition and planning, and is also involved in messaging, evangelism, and customer- and market-research. Over a 17 year career in high tech, he has held development, consulting, product management and marketing roles in product areas including expert systems, remote sensing, telecommunications, developer tools, and middleware. A marketing oddity, Glen has run his laptop on Debian for over 4 years.

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Bob Mason
Bob Mason has spent the last four years using his programming and database skills to make the Tobacco Litigation Documents library a resource for those interested in knowing how our society really works. Having led a richly checkered life prior to this, he is thrilled to have this job.

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Emma McGrattan
Miss Emma McGrattan is responsible for the development and integration of the Ingres database and associated products and technologies. A leading authority in DBMS technologies, Miss McGrattan had been instrumental in the ongoing success of the Ingres product line. Miss McGrattan joined Ingres as senior vice president of Engineering from CA where she held a similar position responsible for the Ingres family of relational database management products.

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Ian McKellar
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Grant McLean
Grant McLean is a Perl coder best known for creating XML::Simple and the Perl XML FAQ. He's been lucky enough to be paid to program in Perl for the last ten years. Currently, it's Apache/mod_perl by day and Gtk by night. McLean lives with his wife and two children in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Jeffrey McManus
Jeffrey McManus runs Platform Associates, a consultancy that helps platform technology companies bring platform products to consumer and developer audiences. Jeffrey is also the developer of Approver.com, a site that makes it easy to share documents with friends and co-workers online. Previously, Jeffrey led developer relations initiatives at more than a half dozen companies, including eBay and Yahoo!, where he co-founded the Yahoo! Developer Network. He has served as a champion of web services, web syndication, and open source within these businesses. Before that, he worked for nearly a decade as a consultant helping software development teams adopt new technologies. He is the author of six books on software application development.

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Tom McQueeney
Tom McQueeney is a software architect for a nationwide consulting company and has more than ten years of software development experience. He is author of the book Geronimo Live, a contributor to Apache Axis Live by James Goodwill, and served as 2004 president of the Denver Java Users Group.

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Dayne Medlyn
Dayne Medlyn is a solutions engineer in Hewlett-Packard’s Open Source and Linux Organization. As an expert in software test engineering, data center engineering, and application integration, he has engineered network service application testing, Linux distribution testing, open source solutions and testing, data center backup solutions, data center storage solutions, and data center SAN designs.

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Patrick Michaud
Patrick Michaud is the pumpking for the 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.

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Bruce Momjian
Bruce Momjian is a co-founder of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group, and has worked on PostgreSQL since 1996. He is the author of PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts, published by Addison-Wesley. Momjian is employed by Software Research Associates (SRA) in their PostgreSQL support division. Previously, he was vice president of Database Development at Great Bridge LLC, another PostgreSQL support company. He has spoken at many international open source conferences.

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Joe Monti
Joe Monti is the chief architect of the open robot software methodology discussed in his presentation.

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Sheila Mooney
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Dana Moore
Dana Moore is a division scientist at BBN Technologies, and is an acknowledged expert in the fields of software agents, P2P, and collaborative computing. He is author of Peer-to-Peer: Building Secure, Scalable, and Manageable Networks and Jabber Developer's Handbook, and over twenty papers for refereed journals. He has lectured extensively on these subjects at O'Reilly P2P Conferences and other venues.

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W. Phillip Moore
W. Phillip Moore recently left Morgan Stanley, where he was executive director of UNIX Engineering. There, Moore was a senior architect, responsible for the evolution of the firm's UNIX/Linux infrastructure. With over 15 years of experience deploying solutions to problems of extreme scalability, his past accomplishments include the deployment of Morgan Stanley's Perl development environment, global filesystem (AFS), and transactional messaging infrastructure (MQSeries). He is the original author of the MQSeries suite of Perl modules, and a member of the OpenAFS Advisory Council.

Moore left Morgan Stanley to more fully participate in the open source community. He is an open source advocate and enterprise technology consultant.

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Andrew Morton
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Dan Mosedale
Speaker biography coming soon.

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brian moseley
Brian Moseley is the lead engineer for Cosmo and Scooby, OSAF's calendar server projects. He has previously worked for such open source friends as Critical Path and Covalent Technologies, where he built web applications in Perl, PHP, and Java. You might have encountered him at past conferences drinking beer with the mod_perl crew. He lives in San Francisco, which continues to be his home base despite sojourns in Oakland, Brooklyn, and Melbourne, Australia.

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Chris Nelson
Chris Nelson is a Java developer with ten years of experience and founder of the Trails project.

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Stefan Neufeind
Stefan Neufeind works in consulting, development, and administration for SpeedPartner GmbH, which provides complete web solutions for small businesses and actively contributes to various free software projects. You may have seen Neufeind at a Linux or PHP conference, or read an article in German magazines such as iX, c't, PHP Magazine, or Internet Professionell.

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Lance Obermeyer
Lance Obermeyer is the director of products at Pervasive Software, and leads the company's Pervasive Postgres open source database efforts. He is an experienced database professional, as well as an accomplished speaker. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Tobias Oetiker
Tobi Oetiker is an electrical engineer by education and a system administrator by vocation. For the last ten years he has been working for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, making sure students and staff get ahead with their computers. In his spare time, he created several well known free software products like MRTG, RRDtool, and more recently, SmokePing.

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John Oleinik
John Oleinik is the Linux Printing Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard. In this role, he directs all Linux printing activities in HP’s Imaging and Printing Group. John led the release of HP’s first open source Linux printer driver in 2001, and has led initiatives to enable printing from digital cameras, mobile phones, PDAs, and several digital entertainment devices.

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Jeff Ort
Jeff Ort has been an engineer for 14 years at companies including Microsoft, TI, Cirrus Logic, and Openwave, and has been granted nine patents for his hardware and software inventions. Cool technologies Ort has worked on include digital video, 3D rendering technology, mobile IM platforms, and open source CMS systems. He joined Source Labs as the certification team lead, and is the architect of SourceLabs' CERT7 testing process.

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Murugan Pal
Murugan Pal is the founder and CTO of SpikeSource, Inc. Before founding SpikeSource, Pal was an entrepreneur-in-residence with venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. Previously, he was CTO and co-founder of e-business software company Asera. Before Asera, Pal was a principal developer at Oracle Corporation in the Application Server division and was part of the company's early XML initiatives. Prior to Oracle, he was one of the lead developers of Versant Corporation's Object Database. Pal has worked on real-time enterprise technologies, composite applications, service-oriented architecture runtimes, relational databases, object databases, and robotics and manufacturing automation.

Pal holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Madurai University in India, a Master's in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University, a Master's in Computer Science from Arizona State University, and was a Doctoral Candidate in Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University.

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Palle Pedersen
Palle Pedersen has more than 15 years of high tech and entrepreneurial experience. He has developed a technical expertise in building innovative systems and processes that efficiently hold, manage, process and deliver large-scale electronic data sets. In addition, Palle has a strong background in object-oriented and optimizing compiler technology and has worked with open source software for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Black Duck, he founded and served as CTO of both Wallaware, which developed server software for wireless carriers and Justa Technology, which built scalable software for network based applications. He was also founder and Managing Director of Spydre LLC, a venture catalyst, and Vice President of Product Development and CTO at Integrated Computing Engines, Inc. (ICE), where he was responsible for the technology strategy and the creation of ICE's high-performance parallel processing architecture. Earlier in his career, Palle created new parallel algorithms and designed parallel compilation techniques exploiting multi-level memory hierarchies at Thinking Machines Corporation (TMC). While at Thinking Machines, Palle achieved multiple world record benchmarks. Palle started as an entrepreneur by creating a repair shop for radios, TVs, and computers at the age of 12. He holds a graduate degree in Electronics Engineering from Danish Technical University, where he graduated first in his class.

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Michel Pelletier
Michel Pelletier is a Zope and Python programmer based in Portland, Oregon. He was one of the core Zope developers from 1998-2001. He co-authored The Zope Book, authored several magazine articles, and is currently authoring the PloneLive book. Pelletier has given several talks over the years at PyCON and OSCON.

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Trudy Pelzer
Trudy Pelzer has worked with SQL, and SQL DBMSs, since 1986. She has co-authored four books, including one thick book about the SQL Standard (SQL-99 Complete, Really) and one thin book about portability and optimization for DB2, Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and four other DBMSs (SQL Performance Tuning). In August 2004, Pelzer joined MySQL as part of the architecture team, where she assists in writing technical specifications for the developers.

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Odysseas Pentakalos
Odysseas Pentakalos is chief technology officer of SYSNET International, Inc., where he focuses on providing his clients consulting services with the architecture, design, and development of large distributed systems that utilize Java, XML, J2EE and .NET technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He has published dozens of papers in conference proceedings and journals, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is the co-author of the book Windows 2000 Performance Guide, published by O'Reilly.

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Diane Peters

Diane joined OSDL as its first general counsel in 2004 after serving as OSDL's outside counsel for more than two years. As General Counsel, Diane is responsible for all of OSDL's legal operations and affairs, including overseeing legal affairs for OSDL's operations in Japan and China. Prior to joining OSDL, Diane practiced law at Ater Wynne LLP in Portland. Before joining Ater Wynne in 2001, she worked with firms in Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. In her private practice, Diane advised trade associations and other tax-exempt organizations on nonprofit, corporate, and anti-trust issues, and counseled clients on software licensing issues. She also worked closely with emerging growth technology companies on corporate finance and intellectual property matters. After law school, Diane clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago.

Diane holds a number of board positions, including board director for Software Freedom Law Center. She earned a B.A. in political science from Grinnell College in 1986, and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1989, where she served as an executive editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly.

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Roderick Peterson
Roderick Peterson has over 20 years experience in the IT industry. His diverse background includes knowledge of Mainframe Operations, LAN, Internet, IT Infrastructure, business applications, and the integration of emerging technologies. He has successfully lead the development and deployment of major applications at several global companies. He also successfully owned and operated an IT consulting business for over five years.

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Chip Pettibone
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Tom Phoenix
Since 1982, Tom Phoenix has been working in the field of education. After more than thirteen years of dissections, explosions, interesting animals, and high-voltage sparks during his work at a science museum, he started teaching Perl classes for Stonehenge Consulting Services, where he's worked since 1996. Since then, he's been traveling to any number of interesting locations, so you might see him soon at a Perl Mongers' meeting. When he has time, he answers questions on Usenet's comp.lang.perl.misc and comp.lang.perl.moderated newsgroups, and contributes to the development and usefulness of Perl. Besides his work with Perl, Perl hackers, and related topics, he spends his time on amateur cryptography and speaking Esperanto. His home is in Portland, Oregon.

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Harmut Pilch
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Curtis "Ovid" Poe
Curtis "Ovid" Poe writes Perl. Lots of it. CPAN modules, a CGI course, you name it. His disillusionment at realizing that acquiring a position as a Perl Foundation grant manager was not, in fact, a stepping stone to world domination has left him a bitter man. Buy him beer.

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Kim Polese
As CEO of SpikeSource, Kim Polese is responsible for guiding the company's business vision: enabling businesses to harness the power of open source as a flexible, reliable and cost-effective option for business-critical software. Prior to SpikeSource, Kim cofounded Marimba in 1996, and as President and CEO she led the company to profitability and a successful public offering. She then served as Chairman until Marimba's acquisition by BMC Software in April 2004.

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Matthew Porter
Matthew Porter is the co-founder of Metissian, a J2EE software development company, and Contegix, a managed hosting company dedicated to Linux, Mac OS X, and J2EE. Matthew has been developing in Java since 1996 and has presented at national conferences such as JavaOne. As a proponent and user of open source, Matthew has contributed to various open source projects. He has been developing applications with WebWork2 since its early pre-releases in April 2003. Matthew has a BS in Computer Science from Saint Louis University. When not working, he spends time with his wife and two beautiful children.

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Will Pugh
As Chief Architect, Will is responsible for the SourceLabs software engineering and testing efforts. Will Pugh was most recently principal technologist at BEA Systems working on Open Source strategy. Before this he led the debugger team on Weblogic Workshop. Will has extensive engineering experience focusing on application versioning, concurrency, application archiving, application modules, performance and scalability. Will's other career experience includes Westside (purchased by BEA) and Microsoft.

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Mark Radcliffe
Mark Radcliffe is a partner and co-chair of the Technology Transfer Group of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary USA, LLP. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Radcliffe’s practice focuses on representing corporations in their intellectual property and finance matters. He was worked with many open source companies and is Chair of the Open Source Industry Group at the firm. He assisted Sun Microsystems in open sourcing the Solaris operating system and drafting the CDDL. And he represents many open source startup companies, including SugarCRM, Inc., Laszlo Systems, Inc. and IT Groundworks. He represented Siemens Venture Capital in their investment in MontaVista Software, Inc. He also serves as outside General Counsel for the Open Source Initiative. He has spoken on open source issues at the Open Source Business Conference, Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel and O’Reilly Open Source Conference. In 1997, the National Law Journal named him one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States. He appears in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2004) and he was recently designated as one of the Northern California Superlawyers 2005. In 1998, Harvard Law School designated him a “Distinguished Alumni”. He has been quoted on intellectual property matters in Time Magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Examiner, San Jose Mercury News and the Daily Variety. Mr. Radcliffe has published articles in such legal magazines as the National Law Journal, Trademark World, Computer Lawyer, California Law Business and Copyright World.

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Michael Radwin
Michael J. Radwin is an engineering manager for Yahoo!'s Infrastructure Software group that develops and supports web platform technologies such as Apache, PHP, MySQL, and more recently SOAP/REST toolkits. His team has been instrumental in helping Yahoo! migrate from proprietary to open source software.

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Matt Raible
Matt Raible currently resides in Denver, CO where he is a Spring and Web Frameworks Practice Leader for Virtuas, an open source consultancy. Raible has been surrounded by computers for most of his life, even though he grew up in the backwoods of Montana without electricity. Matt is an author (Spring Live, Pro JSP), active Java open-source contributor and blogger on http://raibledesigns.com.

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Kyle Rankin
Kyle is a system administrator for The Green Sheet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users Group, and the author of Knoppix Hacks. Kyle has been using Linux in one form or another since early 1998. In his free time he does pretty much the same thing he does at work--works with Linux.

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Randy Ray
Randy J. Ray is a long-time member of the Perl community and the author of several CPAN modules, including an XML-RPC implementation. He is also the co-author of Programming Web Services With Perl (O'Reilly). He has been developing in Perl for 13 years and web technologies for ten.

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Lavonne Reimer

LaVonne is the founder and director of a first-of-its-kind new business incubator focused on open technology start-ups. She has more than 20 years experience as an executive, consultant and lawyer in the high technology arena. She first encountered the challenges of open sourcing a proprietary platform as CEO of Cenquest, a venture-backed start-up.

Before starting Cenquest, Reimer practiced law and taught as an adjunct professor at OGI School of Science and Engineering at OHSU and Northwestern School of Law. Her legal experience includes Townsend and Townsend (patent, copyright and trademark), Ater, Wynne (venture law) and in-house corporate counsel at Tektronix.

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Richard Rendell
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Thomas Risberg
Thomas Risberg currently works as an independent consultant specializing in J2EE and database projects. He has been involved with developing database applications for the last 25 years using a wide variety of languages and databases. Most of his current work is developed using Java, J2EE, and JDBC. He has been a developer on the Spring Framework project since early 2003, contributing to enhancements of the JDBC framework portion.

He has been a developer on the Spring Framework project since early 2003, contributing to enhancements of the JDBC framework portion.

Risberg is a co-author of Professional Java Development with the Spring Framework with Rod Johnson, Juergen Hoeller, Alef Arendsen, and Colin Sampaleanu, to be published by Wrox in 2005.

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Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts is the assistant director for technology at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he directs all of its technical activities. He is also co-project director of the H2O Project, a collection of online tools designed to promote educational exchange. Before joining the Berkman Center, Hal worked for Thomson Financial Interactive, where he served as a principal engineer building research intranets for large Financial Service companies. Before working at TFI, Hal attended the Science and Technology Studies program at Virginia Tech, where he also served as a system administrator, and did development and systems work for a logistics consulting company.

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John Roberts
John Roberts, CEO and Co-Founder of SugarCRM, is a pioneer in the commercial open source enterprise application space. With 14 years experience in enterprise CRM applications, John co-developed Sugar Open Source and introduced open source as a viable contender to established proprietary CRM solutions.

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Garrett Rooney
Garrett Rooney works at CollabNet where he plays with Subversion and other related technology. He's a member of the Apache Software Foundation, where he works on APR and pretends he's good enough to commit the occasional change to the Apache HTTPD. When he's not thinking clearly he moonlights as an author; you can see some of his work on O'ReillyNet, in the book Practical Subversion, and most recently in a chapter for O'Reilly's forthcoming Ruby Cookbook. He graduated from RPI, and in his spare time he tries to remember what it was like to have spare time.

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Lawrence Rosen
Lawrence Rosen is both an attorney and a computer specialist. Rosen is very involved in the open source community. He often publishes and speaks around the world on open source licensing and patent issues. Rosen's book, a href="http://www.bookpool.com/sm/0131487876">Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law, was published by Prentice Hall in 2004.

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Alex Russell
Alex Russell is project lead for the Dojo Toolkit and director of R&D for SitePen, a consulting firm specializing in responsive web applications and the open source tools that enable them. He also serves as president of the Dojo Foundation, an organization that supports development of several high-quality open source JavaScript projects and distributes them under liberal terms.

Before joining SitePen, Russell was a senior engineer at JotSpot and Informatica where he helped both companies build highly interactive web interfaces. His earlier open source involvement included stints as editor of the OWASP Guide to Building Secure Web Applications and primary author of the netWindows DHTML toolkit.

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David Salch
Dave Salch has spent more than twenty years spearheading the architecture, development, commercialization and implementation of emerging technologies across a variety of sectors.  Dave most recently worked as Chief Technology Officer for 8e6 Technologies where he architected and successfully launched four appliance products to market.  In this role he oversaw the management of the technical divisions and transformed the offerings from paper to product. Dave holds a number of technical certifications in data processing and process implementation and has worked at such companies as Logon Data Corporation, Midcom Corporation and Medcom Information Systems in a variety of executive and technical roles.

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Brian Sam-Bodden
Brian Sam-Bodden has spent over ten years working with object technologies, with an emphasis on the Java platform. He holds dual bachelor degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University in Computer Science and Physics and is the president and chief software architect for Integrallis Software, where he focuses on object modeling and Java, particularly J2EE, SWT/JFace applications. Sam-Bodden also co-authored the Apress Java title "Enterprise Java Development on a Budget: Leveraging Java Open Source Technologies." Aside from spending time with his wife and son, Sam-Bodden spends most of his time writing code or on the mat practicing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

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Kevin Scaldeferri
Kevin Scaldeferri is a lead developer at Yahoo!'s sponsored search division, Overture, where he has spent the last three years taming an ever-growing Perl code base that currently serves over one billion web requests a day. His professional interests include programming languages and software development practices. Outside work, he enjoys cooking, reading, modern art, and "challenging" music.

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Karl Schendel Jr.
Karl Schendel Jr. is a senior software engineer for Ingres.

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George Schlossnagle
George Schlossnagle runs engineering at the MessageSystems division of OmniTI, where he builds high performance messaging products. He's been known to contribute to PHP occasionally, and write the occasional book.

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Theo Schlossnagle
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 an author in the area of scalability and distributed systems as well as a veteran speaker in the open source conference circuit.

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Jonathan Schwartz
Jonathan Schwartz is chief executive officer and president of Sun Microsystems, and a member of Sun's board of directors. He became Sun's CEO in 2006, succeeding the Company's co-founder and current chairman of the board, Scott McNealy. Schwartz was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 2004, and managed all operational functions at Sun - from product development and marketing, to global sales and service. An inveterate blogger, Schwartz has led Sun's drive to engage the marketplace, and redefine corporate transparency.

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Randal L. Schwartz
Randal L. Schwartz is a two-decade veteran of the software industry--skilled in software design, system administration, security, technical writing, and training. He has co-authored the "must-have" standards: Programming Perl, Learning Perl, Learning Perl Objects, References, and Modules, and Effective Perl Programming, as well as writing regular columns for several magazines. His offbeat humor and technical mastery have reached legendary proportions worldwide (but he probably started some of those legends himself). Since 1985, Randal has owned and operated Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc.

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Dan Scott
Dan Scott is a product manager of DB2 Universal Database for Linux at IBM Canada. In a previous life, he was a writer and developer for DB2; now he satisfies his creative urges with articles and tutorials on cool technology. Scott wrote the documentation for PHP Data Objects (PDO), has presented at a number of PHP conferences, and most recently co-authored a book on the Apache Derby database.

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Peter Scott
Peter Scott is the author of Perl Medic (Addison-Wesley, 2004) and Perl Debugged (Addison-Wesley, 2001). Scott has worked in software development since 1981. A graduate of Cambridge University, he runs a business teaching Perl and designing enterprise infrastructures. He has taught at OSCON, YAPC, and on the Perl Whirl.

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Byron Sebastian
Byron Sebastian founded SourceLabs with the goal of offering and supporting the first integrated, dependable open source systems for enterprise use. Byron conceived of SourceLabs after in-depth interviews with over 40 large enterprises and independent software vendors whose deployment of open source software was impeded by the lack of reliable testing, support and maintenance alternatives. Byron has held various product development and management positions at Amazon.com, Microsoft, BEA and Crossgain. Prior to working in the software industry, Byron was a journalist in Prague, in the Czech Republic. Most recently, Byron was Vice President and General Manager of the WebLogic Portal and Workshop Divisions at BEA. Byron holds a BA degree in Political Science and Biology from The University of Chicago, and did graduate study in biochemistry at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in La Jolla, CA.

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Douglas Shand
Douglas Shand is an innovations architect at Oracle in the UK and is responsible for identifying emerging technologies, business processes, and inventions which will have a positive impact on the business world. With over 15 years of experience and still an active Java programmer and Agile believer, Shand has a unique blend of business and technical skills, and is able to bridge the gap between the two worlds.

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Alolita Sharma
Alolita Sharma is co-founder and CEO of Technetra, a software and consulting company which implements and deploys large-scale software projects specializing in Open Source solutions. Alolita has over 14 years of experience in the IT industry and has held engineering and management positions at IBM, MCIWorldcom, Intelsat, SWIFT. She promotes adoption of Linux and Open Source technologies in government, enterprise and education. She organizes India's open source business conference - LinuxAsia. Alolita's articles have appeared in leading technology publications such as Linux Journal, Linux Gazette, Newsforge. Her popular column on trends in the Open Source world appears regularly in India's only Open Source magazine - Linux For You. She received her MS in Computer Science from the George Washington University, Washington DC where she also pursued doctoral studies.

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Chris Shiflett

Chris Shiflett is a principal of OmniTI, where he leads the web application security practice.

Shiflett is a leader in the PHP community - a popular speaker at industry conferences worldwide, the founder of the PHP Security Consortium, a contributor to the Zend Framework, and an author of the Zend PHP Certification.

A prolific writer, Shiflett is the author of the critically-acclaimed Essential PHP Security (O'Reilly) and HTTP Developer's Handbook (Sams). His writing has also appeared in numerous articles for php|architect and PHP Magazine, as well as a number of other popular books including Programming PHP (O'Reilly) and PHP Cookbook (O'Reilly).

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Kevin Shockey
Kevin Shockey is editor in chief of TUX magazine and web logger for the O'Reilly Network. Shockey is also a speaker, management consultant, and emerging technology entrepreneur. When he's not reading, writing, or dreaming he likes to spend time enjoying his family.

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Kathy Sierra
Kathy Sierra is the author of Creating Passionate Users, and has been interested in the brain and artificial intelligence since her days as a game developer (Virgin, Amblin', MGM). She is the co-creator of the bestselling brain-friendly Head First series (winner of the Jolt Software Development award in 2004).

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Steve Simms

Steve Simms has been programming since elementary school, and is finally starting to get good at it. He recently finished work as a web developer and database administrator for a medical company in New Hampshire, and now runs a business providing services for missionaries. Prior to that, he earned a degree in Linguistics at Dartmouth College through studying web usability, and ran a free Play-by-Email gaming service that became the largest of its kind in the world.

These days, you can generally find Steve working on a fault tolerant, intuitive web site management program using Perl, PostgreSQL, and Slony, or mailing newsletters for missionaries.

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Mark Skarpness
Mark is a software technologist working in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel, focused on Linux strategy and technology enabling. He has held a variety of technical and marketing positions during his thirteen years with Intel. Mark spent his first five years at Intel as a software engineer and architect working in the area of broadband networking and he has been working on open source and Linux for the past five years.

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David Sklar
David Sklar is a software architect at Ning and the author of Learning PHP 5 (O'Reilly), Essential PHP Tools (Apress), and PHP Cookbook (O'Reilly).

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Dave Smith
Dave Smith is the founder of the Passel project and a former core member of the Jabber project. He now works for Ping Identity as the Senior Architect for the PingFederate product line.

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McCoy Smith

McCoy Smith is Senior Attorney, Intellectual Property, for Intel’s Software & Solutions Group and Channel Products Group. He chairs Intel’s Open Source Legal Practice Group.

McCoy also teaches patent bar review for Patent Resources Group, and is a member of the Open Source committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Prior to joining Intel in 1999, McCoy was an attorney in private practice at Kenyon & Kenyon in New York, NY and Washington, DC, specializing in patent litigation and patent prosecution. He was also a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office prior to law school.

McCoy is a graduate of University of Virginia (J.D., 1991), Johns Hopkins University (M.L.A., 1989) and Colorado State University (B.S., 1984), and is admitted to practice in New York, California, Oregon and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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Robert Spier
Robert Spier is an engineer at Google, working on RT and other open source projects. In his spare time, he maintains the perl.org infrastructure and volunteers at a local dog rescue.

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Greg Stein

Greg Stein is an engineer at Google, working on their open source efforts.

Prior to that, Stein was a director of engineering at CollabNet where he managed the Subversion project and releases of their SourceCast product. He also worked at Microsoft as a development manager, in the Commerce Server and Site Server groups. Stein was a co-founder and the corporate technologist of eShop, one of the first electronic commerce software companies, before its acquisition by Microsoft.

In Stein's spare time, he works on many open source projects, such as Subversion, WebDAV, and Python. He also spends time with Apache projects and is the current chairman of the Apache Software Foundation.

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Kartik Subbarao
Kartik Subbarao is the global lead for HP's Open Source and Linux Profession, a community of practice for open source technologists throughout HP. He is also a senior IT architect in HP's IT organization, where he is responsible for architecting/engineering Core Infrastructure services.

Subbarao has long been an advocate for open source as a way of accomplishing breakthrough goals and transforming IT. Going back to the early 1990s, he has worked on a variety of open source projects, in roles such as project leader, invited developer, and integrator. Subbarao has a BSEE from Princeton University and an MSEE from Stanford University.

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Andrew Sullivan
Andrew Sullivan joined the Toronto offices of Afilias in 2001, where he helped to launch the first new gTLD on the Internet. He supervises the Afilias data group. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy. Sullivan lives in Toronto with a collie named Latrax and a human named Jill.

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Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan is a senior software engineer specializing in supply chain management applications. He is an Apache Jakarta developer and has taken the lead role in the OpenAMF project, and was the top contributor to Sun's Javapedia wiki in 2005. Sullivan is the author of Programming with the Java Media Framework and his articles have been published by O'Reilly and IBM.

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Robert Sutor
Dr. Bob Sutor is the Vice President of Standards for the IBM Corporation. In this role he has the responsibility for driving and executing the cross-company business and technical strategy for open standards and open source as they relate to software, hardware, services, vertical industries, and emerging markets. Previously, Sutor was Director of WebSphere Product and Market Management. This included ownership of the WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere MQ, and the WebSphere Business Integration product lines, as well as web services and Service Oriented Architecture.

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Jacob Taylor
Jacob Taylor is a co-founder and the CTO for SugarCRM Inc. He pioneered the SugarCRM architecture and is responsible for the strategy of the software. Previous to co-founding SugarCRM, Taylor was a senior development manager at E.piphany in charge of platform infrastructure and services. Previous to E.piphany, Taylor worked at Symantec Corporation on the Norton AntiVirus product line. Taylor holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Eero Teerikorpi
Eero Teerikorpi is the CEO of Emic Networks and brings more than 20 years of high tech management experience to the company. Teerikorpi is also a founding partner at Blue White Venture. Prior to co-founding Blue White Venture, he was president of Capslock, a Finland/USA-based mobile infrastructure company. Before that, he was VP of Channel Sales and a board member at Esker S.A. Teerikorpi also served as president and CEO of Alcom Document Communications Corp., where he led a management buy-out in 1995. Alcom was acquired by Esker in 1997. Teerikorpi started his career at Apple Computer.

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why the lucky stiff
why the lucky stiff is a computer progg'er and aspiring author with no true achievements under his belt. However, he has single-handedly stolen the word "poignant" on search engines from the grip of Hallmark Greeting Cards.

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Peter Theony
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Dave Thomas
Dave Thomas has been writing software since the mid '70s, and hopes one day to get it right. In the meantime he and Andy Hunt run The Pragmatic Programmers, a consultancy that helps folks develop better software. Hunt and Thomas have co-authored The Pragmatic Programmer and Programming Ruby, and speak at conferences and give tutorials around the world.

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Laura Thomson
Laura Thomson is a Principal at OmniTI, a consultancy specializing in scalable internet systems design and development. Laura came to OmniTI from Australia, bringing more than ten years experience in web development, IT consulting, and research. She is the co-author of the best-selling "PHP and MySQL Web Development" (Sams Publishing) and "MySQL Tutorial" (MySQL Press), and has spoken at many conferences worldwide.

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Aaron Thul
Aaron Thul, co-Founder of eXo2 Networks, is a new face at OSCON this year. Thul enjoys the challenges of bringing open source tools to bear on problems in industry. Apache, mod_perl, PostgreSQL and Slony-I are among his favorite problem-solving toys. Thul's passion for promoting open source technology has led him to become Con Chair of PenguiCon 4.0, which is the first convention ever to bring together two disparate communities that share a love of innovative thought: the open source community and science fiction fans. PenguiCon is currently one of the two largest science fiction conventions in Michigan. Open source community panelists at past PenguiCons have included Nat Torkington, Cory Doctorow and Eric Raymond.

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Michael Tiemann

Michael Tiemann is a true open source software pioneer. His first major open source contributions included ports of and enhancements to GCC and GDB as well as the original authorship of the GNU C++ compiler, the world's first native-code C++ compiler. In 1989, Michael's technical successes and entreprenurial spirit led him to co-found Cygnus Solutions, the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. During his ten years at Cygnus, Michael contributed in a number of roles from President to hacker, helping to lead the company from a fledgling start-up to an admired open source leader.

Michael is now Red Hat's Vice President of Open Source Affairs. In this role, Michael integrates and informs technology and open source strategies for Red Hat and its strategic partners and customers in the public and private sectors. In addition to his responsibilities at Red Hat, Michael serves on a number of boards, including the Open Source Initiative (where he is also President), the eclipse.org project, and the GNOME Foundation. Michael also provides support to organizations that further the goals of software freedom, including the Free Software Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Mark Tolliver
Mark Tolliver, 53, brings more than 30 years of experience in the high-tech industry to his position as CEO of Palamida, a San Francisco-based software company focused on software intellectual property management and compliance. Founded in 2003, Palamida investors include Hummer Winblad and WaldenVC. Prior to Palamida, Tolliver was executive vice president, marketing and strategy, and chief strategy officer for Sun Microsystems. In that role he was responsible for corporate marketing, product and business strategy, M&A, industry marketing and ISV programs Tolliver was with Sun for ten years, where he also served as president and general manager of iPlanet. Established in November 1998, iPlanet was a strategic alliance between Sun and Netscape focused on internet infrastructure software, and upon completion of the original alliance agreement in March 2002, became a division of Sun. Prior to iPlanet, Tolliver served as president of Sun's consumer and embedded division. Under his direction, the organization delivered software and core Java technologies used to create network-connectable applications for consumer and embedded devices such as automobiles, set-top boxes, telephones, and smart cards. Before joining Sun, Tolliver was vice president of marketing at MasPar Computer Corp. and spent 16 years at Hewlett-Packard Company. Tolliver is chairman of Intalio, a software company focused on enterprise business process management, and serves on the board of Enigmatec, a provider of data center policy automation software. Tolliver holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S.E.E. from the University of Illinois.

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Nathan Torkington
Nat Torkington lives and works in New Zealand where he consults on open source and startup strategies, writes for O'Reilly Radar, and co-chairs the Open Source Convention (OSCON).

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Adam Trachtenberg
Adam Trachtenberg is the senior manager of Platform Evangelism at eBay, where he preaches the gospel of the eBay platform to developers and businessmen around the globe. Before eBay, Trachtenberg co-founded and served as vice president for development at two companies, Student.Com and TVGrid.Com. At both firms, he led the front- and middle-end web site design and development. Trachtenberg began using PHP in 1997, and is the author of Upgrading to PHP 5 and coauthor of PHP Cookbook, both published by O'Reilly Media. He lives in San Francisco, California, and has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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Robert Treat
Robert Treat works as a database architect at OmniTI and has been working with open source for almost a decade. A veteran industry speaker, Robert is co-author of the book Beginning PHP and PostgreSQL 8, maintains the phpPgAdmin software package, and has been recognized as a major contributor to the PostgreSQL project for his work over the years.

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Tom Tromey
Tom Tromey is an engineer at Red Hat. He currently works on GNU gcj and GNU Classpath, but has worked on many things over the years. He was the primary author of GNU Automake.

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Matt Tucker
Matt Tucker is co-founder and CTO of Jive Software, a provider of customer collaboration products. He is a lead developer on several open source XMPP projects: Jive Messenger (an XMPP server) and Smack (an XMPP client library).

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David Uhlman
David Uhlman is customer happiness guru and CEO of Uversa Inc. He has contributed to many open source projects including PostNuke, OsCommerce, OpenEMR, and XRMS. A prolific writer and speaker, this year you can see him at SCALE, TEPR, and php|Works talking about general open source topics and PHP.

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Kirby Urner
Kirby Urner studied philsophy with some of the best in the business at Princeton University. He first contacted Fuller with a paper on general systems theory, based on experiences with his family in Cairo, Egypt. Later he become the first webmaster for the BFI (B. Fuller's Institute), snagging the domain name bfi.org with help from Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Fuller's adjuvant. Today, he administers grunch.net and 4dsolutions.net, both domains having literary significance to students of Fuller's philosophy, an off-shoot of New England transcendentalism ala Emerson and Thoreau.

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Kasper van Beem
Kasper van Beem studied organization psychology in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Coming from a highly technical family background, he grew up in the IT world. As a student, he helped research new IT technologies, and the step to IT as his professional career was made soon after. After working on several projects for CapGemini, he got involved in the CapGemini Open Source network almost five years ago. In that period, his personal shift went from technology to business related to open source. After two years of working inside the CapGemini open source community, van Beem became the global service lince open source leader.

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Guido van Rossum
Guido van Rossum is the creator of Python, one of the major programming languages on and off the web. The Python community refers to him as the BDFL (Benevolent Dictator For Life), a title straight from a Monty Python skit.

He moved from the Netherlands to the USA in 1995, where he met his wife. Until July 2003 they lived in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC with their son Orlijn, who was born in 2001. They then moved to Silicon Valley where Guido now works for Google (spending 50% of his time on Python!).

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Kevin van Vechten
Kevin van Vechten is core team member of the Open Darwin project and a significant contributor to the Darwin ports project.

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Jason van Zyl
Jason van Zyl is the founder and PMC Chair of the Apache Maven project, the founder of the Jakarta Velocity subproject, and active in many projects at the Codehaus. Jason is an open source fanatic and spends almost every waking moment giving something away for free. Jason lives in Guelph, Canada.

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Glenn Vanderburg
Glenn Vanderburg is an independent consultant focused on cutting-edge advanced development technologies and techniques, including Ruby, JavaScript, Ajax, and state-of-the-art development practices.

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Dan Veditz
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Alex Vincent
Alex Vincent is the author of the JavaScript Developer's Dictionary (Sams Publishing) and moderator of the XML forum at CodingForums.com. He has been active in writing code for Mozilla for several years, including the "abacus" and "serverpost" extensions on mozdev.org.

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Larry Wall
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Joe Walnes
Joe Walnes is a software consultant with ThoughtWorks in London, where he specializes in development techniques to enable agile software development. Walnes is behind the open source projects SiteMesh, XStream, NMock, and QDox. He also contributed to the books Java Open Source Programming and JSP Site Design.

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Jeff Waugh

By day, Jeff Waugh is a consultant with Waugh Partners. By night, he rides shotgun on the GNOME release juggernaut and plots the Open Source blogging explosion with Planet. Waugh is an active member of the Free Software community, holding positions such as Chairman of the Annodex Foundation (2006), Director of the GNOME Foundation Board (2003-2004, 2006), GNOME Release Manager (2001-2005), committee member (2000-2001) and president (2002-2003) of the Sydney Linux Users' Group, and member of the linux.conf.au 2001 and 2007 organising teams. He was one of the founding employees of Canonical, spending two and a half years engaged in Ubuntu business and community development. In 2005, Waugh won the Google/O'Reilly Open Source award for Best Evangelist. Jeff is a card-carrying member of Linux Australia, but does not say "mate".

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Sanjiva Weerawarana
Sanjiva Weerawarana has been involved with open source software both at IBM and at Apache for several years. He was elected a member of the Apache Software Foundation in 2003 where he is active in the web services projects. He is the founder of the Lanka Software Foundation (LSF), a non-profit foundation formed in Sri Lanka to promote open source participation from Sri Lanka.

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Jim Weirich
Jim Weirich is a software consultant for Compuware with over twenty-five years of experience in software developement. He has worked with real-time data systems for testing jet engines, networking software for information systems, and image processing software for the financial industry. Weirich is active in the Ruby community and has contributed to several Ruby projects, including the Rake build system and the RubyGems package software.

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Luke Welling
Luke Welling is a Security Analyst at OmniTI. He has been using PHP for nearly ten years. PHP and MySQL Web Development, co-authored with Laura Thomson (Sams 2004), is the best selling open source programming book of all time. He is a regular speaker at open source conferences around the world.

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Keith Wesolowski
Keith Wesolowski is an engineer on the OpenSolaris team at Sun Microsystems. Thus far his primary contribution has been on porting OpenSolaris to the GNU compilers. He joined Sun and the OpenSolaris project in 2004 and has an extensive open source background, including SPARC and MIPS Linux ports and several smaller projects.

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David Wheeler
David E. Wheeler enjoys hacking on Stikkit, contributing articles about the PostgreSQL RDBMS for O'ReillyNet, and dabbling with an advanced object-relational mapper he has been designing and implementing for several years. He also works hard to prevent his rather dry wit from causing confusion in others.

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Michael (Monty) Widenius
Michael "Monty" Widenius is the lead developer for the popular MySQL RDBMS project and is CTO of MySQL AB, a company that he co-founded to provide licensing, support, and other services for the MySQL RDBMS. In a past life, he has worked on games coded in assembler, software for a single-card computer used by power companies, a multitasking OS for an 8-bit Z80-based computer, and a lot of data warehousing. He has worked in assembler, BASIC, C, C++, Commmon Lisp, shell and Perl, and some other less common languages. Widenius lives in Helsinki, Finland.

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Alan Williamson
Alan Williamson is as much a veteran of the Java world as one can be with a language that is still very much finding its feet in the world. Williamson has more than 15 years experience in the world of software development, graduating with full honors in computer science from the University of Paisley. Williamson worked mainly in research and development roles until starting up the UK ’s first pure Java consultancy company five years ago, specializing in Java on the server side (n-ary (consultancy) ltd).

Williamson also worked his way up to the dizzy heights of editor-in-chief of the world ’s largest Java magazine, Java Developer's Journal, before going on to found LinuxWorld magazine. He has recently found working with SpikeSource, a company specializing in producing and certifying open source components.

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Cornelius Willis
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Tim Witham
Tim Witham has been a user of Linux since 1995 and has been advocating Linux and open source issues inside of corporations for the last five years. In the last two years, Witham has been the Linux program manager at Intel's Microprocessor Software Laboratories, responsible for coordination of technical open source issues and serving as the advocate for open source developers needs. His work led to changes to corporate policies to enhance support for open source developers.

Witham's experience includes more than 18 years working with large-scale commercial computing systems, primarily Linux and Unix-focused. Other major accomplishments include the launch of InfiniBand(sm) I/O architecture, product line architect for a major Unix system vendor, and driving efforts that established major performance and scalability records.

Witham holds a B.S.E.S from the University of South Florida.

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Dan Woods
Dan Woods, a seasoned CTO, has built technology for companies ranging from Time Inc. New Media to TheStreet.com. He has managed the product development cycle from initial requirements through sales for web sites and software products designed for the publishing and financial services industries. Woods has also navigated all phases of the business cycle: crafting strategy and budgets, building and managing large development teams, writing patent applications, negotiating large vendor agreements, operating data centers, communicating with board members, raising money, and selling and marketing a product. Woods is the author of two books and a frequent contributor to InfoWorld and other publications.

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William Wright
William Wright is a Division Engineer with BBN and is co-author of the books "Beginning Java Networking" and "Jabber Developer's Handbook." He has given several talks at professional and academic conferences on topics including multiagent systems, software engineering, and embedded systems programming. His articles have appeared in several journals including Dr. Dobb's Journal and Java Developer's Journal.

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Peter Yared
Peter Yared is the founder and CEO of ActiveGrid. Most recently, he was CTO of Sun Microsystems' Liberty Network Identity initiative. Yared was also CTO of Sun Microsystems' Application Server Division. Before its acquisition by Sun, Yared served as CTO of NetDynamics, which pioneered the then-leading J2EE application server. Earlier, he was founder and CEO of JRad Technologies, an enterprise Java company acquired by NetDynamics.

Additionally, Yared was chief architect of client/server products at object-oriented tool maker Prograph International and the architect of several mission-critical systems deployed by U.S. government agencies and the GED Testing Service. Yared holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Maryland.

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Geoffrey Young
Geoffrey Young is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and a frequent contributor to the mod_perl community. He currently works for Ticketmaster. When not programming or writing, he is busy spending time with his growing family, slowly rebuilding their house a room at a time.

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Dave Zarzycki
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Jeremy D. Zawodny
Jeremy has been with Yahoo! for over six and a half years. His Yahoo! career started with the high-traffic Yahoo! Finance site, where he worked to make MySQL part of the site's core infrastructure in large batch operations, as well as real-time feed processing and serving content directly on the site.

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Andrei Zmievski
Andrei Zmievski is Chief Architect at Outspark Inc, where he is working on a technology platform for publishing casual online RPG games. In the past he worked on internal tools at Yahoo! Inc., specializing in i18n and infrastructure software, such as PHP and Apache. He is also a core PHP developer, leader of the PHP-GTK project, and a co-author of "PHP Developer's Cookbook" and Smarty templating system. His current focus is the native Unicode support in PHP. In his free time he studies languages and linguistics, goes sailing, and travels to other countries.

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Jeff Zucker
Jeff Zucker has developed a dozen widely used free and open source software tools, has presented talks at the European and American Open Source Conventions and at the International Congress on Distance Education. He worked for eight years developing free/open solutions for UNICEF (including development of their first website); led a team evaluating UNESCO's WebWorld project; has worked for four branches of the UN and a dozen international NGOs. He has been involved in a variety of social action projects (most using free/open software) covering such issues as public health, adult literacy, under-employment, support for community-based organizations, multi-cultural education and the rights of Native American (indigenous) peoples. Jeff is the author of five published books and numerous articles and is currently working as Chief Technical Officer of Virtual Production Services LLC, a company specializing in providing software support for international development and human rights issues.

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