EuroOSCON Speakers

Douglas Arellanes

Douglas Arellanes works with the Media Development Loan Fund's Center for Advanced Media - Prague on its Campware Initiative, which creates free and open source tools for independent media organizations in the developing world. Campware's motto is "Free software for free media." An American expatriate, he has lived in Prague, Czech Republic, for 14 years.

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John Paul Ashenfelter

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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Sébastien Bahloul

Sébastien Bahloul Sébastien Bahloul acts as an expert in the fields of LDAP directories, identity management, Java and J2E development, and high avalability clusters. He is in charge of the Open Source Software Assurance (OSSA) technical team and is the maintainer of InterLDAP and of AACLS on OpenLDAP.

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Patrick Beaucamp

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Didier Beck

Didier Beck Didier Beck is cofounder and CEO of a product software company, ecenter solutions, that spun-off from the Helvetia Group, an European insurance company. ecenter solutions is designing, implementing, and operating a front-end J2EE platform for the past 7 years. This business infrastructure now contains all the essential insurance-oriented services required and is enabling a very large reuse (80%) of existing platform components for the implementation of new applications.

The platform is built on top of an open source stack of commercial infrastructure components. ecenter solutions is launching a gated Insurance Community offering the SOA platform, the architecture team, and the processes to its members.

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Lorenzo Benussi

Lorenzo Benussi Lorenzo Benussi has a Ph.D. in communications sciences and is a research fellow in the department of economics of the University of Turin, Italy. His background is in economics, computer sciences, and sociology. His main interests are the economics of innovation and technical change in digital technologies.

Benussi is head of Opensourcelab, a public laboratory committed to the study of open source-based solutions for SMEs in the field of audio/video and multimedia technologies.

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Geert Bevin

Geert Bevin is the CEO of Uwyn, a small custom application development company with a strong focus on web applications, open source, Java, and rich internet technologies. He is the founder of the RIFE project which provides a full-stack Java web application framework for quickly building maintainable applications with sustainable developer productivity. He also started or contributed to projects like Bla-bla List, OpenLaszlo, Drone, Bamboo, Elephant, RelativeLayers, and Gentoo Linux.

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David Bitton

David Bitton is the founder and CEO of Wengo, an innovative SIP-based communication service provider from France. In 2000, with his experience in large telcos and information technology, he started Oreka, an ad-driven ISP. In 2005, Bitton initiated the VoIP venture that later led to the OpenWengo project and the release of WengoPhone source code under a GPL license.

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Colin Brumelle

Colin Brumelle is an employee at Bryght, where he is busy developing software for musicians and record labels. As a professional musician and a software developer, Brumelle is equally at home churning out code or discussing the sociological implications of Jimi Hendrix’s use of feedback.

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Carsten Brunke

Carsten Brunke Speaker biography coming soon.

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Dries Buytaert

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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Adrien Cahen

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Arnulf Benno Christl

Arnulf Benno Christl Christl started as a Unix administrator focusing on GIS in the early '90s and worked for several years as a freelance developer, consultant, and trainer. In 1998 he founded the business CCGIS http://www.ccgis.de and specialized in providing spatial technology.

In 2002 he started to adopt open source business models and switched development to Free Software, the most prominent result being Mapbender. In 2003 he co-founded the Geo-Consortium to provide commercial services for open source solutions.

In February 2006 he joined The Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

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Steve Coast

Steve Coast Steve Coast is a freelance hacker based in London who studied physics and worked for several departments in University College London. Coast has worked in a variety of computer firms including Wolfram Research, X-Refer, and Computer Exchange. He's been published in books including Digital Information Graphics and Google Maps Hacks and currently is focused on OpenStreetMap, an editable wiki map.

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Damian Conway

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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Claus Dahl

Claus Dahl is a software developer residing in Copenhagen. He's currently working on mobile software for Imity which he co-founded. When not writing software, Dahl buys too many books and reads some of them too.

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Scott Davis

Scott Davis is an independent software developer and international speaker. His books include JBoss At Work, Google Maps API: Adding Where to Your Application, GIS for Web Developers, and Groovy Recipes. He is the Editor in Chief of aboutGroovy.

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Scott Dietzen

Scott Dietzen Scott Dietzen is widely credited with helping put together the J2EE standard, launching the web application server category, and launching the Java Community Process. Prior to Zimbra, Dietzen was CTO of BEA Systems where he was the principal architect of the technology strategy for the WebLogic product family.

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Steven Dorigotti

Steven Dorigotti Steven Dorigotti is a 25-year-old Software Engineer born in Melbourne, Australia, who now lives in Milan, Italy. He studied at the University of Sydney and has now founded his own software house, KoanLogic, together with two other engineers. He currently designs and develops software in the fields of telecommunications and cryptography. In his spare time he works on various open source projects.

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James A. Duncan

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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Arnoud Engelfriet

Arnoud Engelfriet is a European patent attorney at Royal Philips Electronics and developed the Philips policy on open source. As secretary of Philips’ Open Source Advisory Board he coordinates the use of open source software by Philips. Engelfriet is a regular speaker on open source and has published several articles about legal risks of open source. His personal web site www.Iusmentis.com contains over 250 articles on law and technology.

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Schuyler Erle

Schuyler Erle Schuyler Erle is a free software developer and activist. He is responsible for NoCatAuth, an early open source wireless captive portal, and geocoder.us, an open source U.S. address geocoder. Erle wrote O'Reilly's Mapping Hacks with Jo Walsh and Rich Gibson, and Google Map Hacks, also with Rich.

Presently, he works with MetaCarta in Cambridge, MA, USA, developing nitfy geographic projects like OpenLayers, an open source web mapping framework written in pure JavaScript, and Gutenkarte, a service for exploring the geographic dimension of classic works of literature. Erle is proud to be a founding member of the OSGeo Foundation.

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Rasmus Fleischer

Rasmus Fleischer is a writer, historian, and musician, based in Stockholm.

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Mark Fowler

Mark Fowler Mark Fowler heads up the Frameworks department at Fotango, where he and his team get to play with JavaScript and Perl all day long. He’s been the head of the London Perl Mongers, written the infamous Perl Advent Calendar, and was giving conference talks on technologies like dynamically creating Flash movies, building testing software, and the perils of character encodings before all the cool kids were doing it.

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Matthew Gertner

Matthew Gertner Matthew Gertner is the chief technology officer of AllPeers. A Brit by birth, an American by upbringing, and a European by choice, he has spent the last 15 years living in Paris and Hamburg before finally settling in Prague. When not coding C++, he is an avid cook and a dangerously obsessive player of backgammon and golf.

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Marc Goldberg

Marc Goldberg Based in Paris, Marc Goldberg is the managing partner of Occam Capita,l with over 20 years of experience in the software industry in the U.S. and Europe. Golberg started Occam Capital in 2004 to focus on under-served Europe IP in the information technology industry, and to build a technology consolidation fund that would support the local innovation community and deliver superior return to its investors.

Before Occam Capital, Goldberg was a general partner and CTO of RVC, manager of the Reuters Greenhouse Fund, the corporate VC arm of Reuters. RVC was instrumental in some of the most profitable European transactions, with the Greenhouse fund invested in 82 companies and generated 16 IPOs and 27 trade sales.

Goldberg has been an entrepreneur and senior executive in technology and product management in large and small technology companies.

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Zak Greant

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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Walter Harms

Since 1996, Walter Harms has been a scientist in research and development at BFS in the Dose Rate Monitoring network. He is also an instructor for Fachinformatiker and in his spare time writes and works of lots of small patches for several Open Source Projects.

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Harrie Hazewinkel

Harrie Hazewinkel currently is a director of professional services with the Sync4j group. Sync4j is the open source mobile application framework which is based on SyncML. He also maintains SNMP modules for PHP and Apache, called MOD-SNMP. Hazewinkel was co-editor of the WWW-MIB (RFC 2594) defined in the IETF and the drive for MOD-SNMP.

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Chris Heathcote

Chris Heathcote works in the Insight & Innovation unit of Nokia, analyzing disruptive technology and trends, and creating new user experiences. He writes about buildings and food at anti-mega.com.

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Marc Hedlund

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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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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Lars Hinrichs

Lars Hinrichs Lars Hinrichs is the founder and managing director of Open Business Club GmbH (openBC). He started his career as an entrepreneur in 1998 at the age of 22 after working as a consultant at different new media firms.

In 1998, Hinrichs initiated “politics digital”, a well-received and award-winning platform in the area of politics and new media. In 2000 he established Boettcher Hinrichs AG, a consulting company and development house for enterprise communication.

Since 2001, Hinrichs has concentrated on advising portfolio companies with business development and business-building strategies. With his broad spectrum of activities and high-level memberships in various organizations, e.g., the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Hinrichs has an excellent network of contacts worldwide. The idea of enabling networking between his contacts has inspired him to build up openBC.

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Sam Hiser

Sam Hiser Sam Hiser is Vice President & Director of Business Affairs of the OpenDocument Foundation, helping organizations in government, education, and the private sector understand and adopt open standard and open source and free software where it improves business processes.

He is an O'Reilly author and enjoys speaking to groups about technology and particularly to students at high schools and universities. His frequent writing on information technology has appeared in The Economist and the Financial Times among other publications. His blog is PlexNex.com.

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Adrian Holovaty

Adrian Holovaty, a web developer/journalist, builds web apps for washingtonpost.com. He's a lead developer of the Django Web framework and hacks on side projects for the public good, such as chicagocrime.org. He lives in Chicago and blogs at Holovaty.com.

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Florian Holzhauer

Florian Holzhauer Florian Holzhauer lives in Berlin and studies computer science, is a member of the Jabber Software Foundation, and founder and former administrator of jabber.ccc.de. His primary focus is integrating Jabber into web services like a PubSub-Component for Wordpress, a Status-Indicator for Webpages, and other similar Code-snippets.

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Matthias Hopf

Matthias Hopf studied computer science at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and got his Ph.D. in the visualization group at the University of Stuttgart. Currently he works for the Research & Development group of SUSE Linux (Novell) in the X11 team.

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Pankaj Kaushal

Pankaj Kaushal works as a Technical Yahoo! at Yahoo!, working on global Yahoo! operations and application level monitoring. Kaushal is a language-agnostic programmer and in his free time does development, testing, documentation, and bug fixes for free software projects like amaroK. His new pastime is writing mash-ups using webservices.

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Nick Kew

Nick Kew is a veteran developer, with over 20 years professional software and systems experience. He is a member of the Apache webserver core development team and Project Management Committee, and the Apache Software Foundation. Kew serves as Invited Expert with the Worldwide Web Consortium in their Accessibility and QA activities.

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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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Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb Charles Lamb is a developer for Oracle (formerly of Sleepy Cat Software) working on the Berkeley DB Java Edition. He has worked with DBMS internals and applications for over 20 years and was a founder at Object Design, an object database company. He has also worked with Java since the JDK 1.0 and has presented at JavaOne twice.

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Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz

Robert 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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Rasmus Lerdorf

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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Bill Liao

Bill Liao Bill Liao is a Chinese Australian who was brought up to speak English and Chinese. He began his international career working for Canon and gained experience with the Japanese language and culture. He has been an entrepreneur since late 1980s and has founded several successful businesses including Davnet Limited where he was co-founder and served on the board as director of operations.

Liao moved to Switzerland to work with several investment and hedge funds and to explore opportunities for business co-operation between Asia and Europe. He is a member of the EO and has an international network of high-level contacts.

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Dennis Linnell

Dennis Linnell consults for large international enterprises on all dimensions of Information Technology performance. During the past thirty years he has modeled, benchmarked, and analyzed performance of a wide range of system and application software. His lectures have entertained technical audiences worldwide.

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Geir Magnusson

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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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Frank Mantek

Frank Mantek is a Developer for Google Corporation. He works primarily on the Google Data API. Before Google, he worked 12 years for Microsoft, where he was involved in Office, Windows, Internet Explorer and SQL Server, mostly on the API related technologies. He is involved with XML since the start of MSXML at Microsoft, and was the Architect for the original SOAP SDK.

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Hassan Masum

Hassan Masum is a researcher, writer, and consultant based in Toronto. He did his Ph.D. at Carleton University and postdoctoral research at several institutions, and is part of the team at WorldChanging.

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Ralph Meijer

Ralph Meijer has been involved with the Jabber/XMPP community since late 2000 and has worked on prototyping new ideas in presenting and communicating information using Jabber. Most of these experiments revolve around publish-subscribe technologies for transporting information like extended presence and news, and have resulted in several Jabber protocol design contributions and services.

As member of the Jabber Software Foundation, he actively evangelizes Jabber by giving presentations and running booths at conferences. He is currently a member of the Jabber Council that oversees the JSF's standards process, and keeps a weblog at http://ralphm.net/blog.

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Mårten Mickos

Mårten Mickos Mårten Mickos, CEO of MySQL, brings a strong track record of leadership in global high-tech companies to MySQL AB. Prior to joining MySQL in 2001, Mickos was CEO at MatchON Sports, which he grew to become the twenty-fourth “hottest e-business” in Europe within nine months of its inception. Previously, Mickos was CEO at Intellitel Communications, where he was instrumental in transitioning the company from a development lab to a commercial software vendor. He has also directed worldwide sales efforts at several technology companies.

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Marcel Molina Jr.

Marcel Molina Marcel Molina Jr. is a language enthusiast who went from being a literature major to a programmer. In his transition from natural language to machine language he found Ruby an elegant balance of dynamic, pragmatic and “humane�. And then came along Rails…. Marcel tumblelogs on Projectionist and tries to help keep your apps running smoothly as a developer at FiveRuns.

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Jan Muehlig

Jan Muehlig is CEO of the usability consultancy "relevantive," and evangelist of an open usability. Since his influencial "Linux Usability" report in 2003 he dedicates much of his work and resources to promoting the usability of OSS. Muehlig is president of OpenUsability e.V.

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Florian Mueller

Florian Mueller Florian Mueller founded the award-winning NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign that sucessfully opposed an EU software patent directive. He made it onto top 50 lists related to EU politics, the IT industry, and the field of IP.

In 1986, at the age of 16, he was the youngest computer book author and in 1996, founded a company that he sold to a large telecommunications group in early 2000. He was also an advisor to MySQL AB from 2001 to 2004.

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Tor Nørretranders

Tor Nørretranders Tor Nørretranders is an independent author, thinker, and lecturer based in Copenhagen, Denmark, serving an international audience. Among his 15 books, the best known are The User Illusion about consciousness and The Generous Man about why humans dare, care, and share in life – with the Web as a prime example.

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Brad Neuberg

Brad Neuberg's passion is creating open source inventions. He is currently working with Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse. Previous work includes Dojo Storage; the Internet Archive's Ajax book reader; Rojo's web RSS reader; and more. Neuberg has contributed code to Mozilla, Apache Jakarta, and more.

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Nikolaj Nyholm

Nikolaj Nyholm Nikolaj Nyholm is co-founder and CEO of mobile social software startup Imity. He is a serial entrepreneur with two successful and one miserable startup on his conscience.

Nyholm is also O'Reilly's European Conference Program Chair, co-chairing conferences EuroOSCON and CustomerMade. He furthermore co-produces the annual Danish technology/culture conference reboot.dk. Born in New Delhi, Nyholm today lives in Copenhagen.

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Conrad O'Dea

Conrad O'Dea is a principal engineer and has been with IONA for over 10 years. In that time he has worked extensively on several middleware technologies including CORBA and J2EE and is currently developing SOA infrastructure products. He is also a Celtix contributor.

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Jim Purbrick

Jim Purbrick is a software engineer at Linden Lab where he has been working on integrating the Mono virtual machine with Second Life; adding HTTP scripting support; and on web services, grid defense, and security systems.

Previously, Purbrick was an author on the Terra Nova blog, developer on the Warhammer Online and Dragon Empires MMORPGs, and was a research fellow at the Mixed Reality Lab at Nottingham University where he worked with Blast Theory on mixed reality games and contributed to the development of the MASSIVE-3 networked virtual reality platform as part of his Ph.D. research.

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Ranga Rangachari

A chemical engineer by training, Ranga Rangachari joined GroundWork Open Source, Inc. as president and CEO in July 2005. He was CEO and founder of Invio Software, now an integral part of Veritas' Utility Computing Strategy after being acquired by VERITAS Software in July 2004. Rangachari has held various senior management positions in sales, product management, and strategic planning at Legato Systems, and served in senior product management roles at Sun Microsystems. Rangachari holds an M.S. in industrial and operational management.

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Andrew Rens

Andrew Rens is the Legal Lead for Creative Commons South Africa (http://za.creativecommons.org), a co-founder of The African Commons Project ( http://theafricancommonsproject.wordpress.com/) and moderator of the cc-enterprise discussion list. As a fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society (http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blogs/rens) for 2005-6 his research focused on access to knowledge, collaborative creative works and the legal issues of the Digital Divide.

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Mirko Ross

Mirko Ross Mirko Ross is CIO of Rahlfs+Ross Multimedia GmbH, is active in various OSS communities, and maintains colamo.org. He has a degree from the University of Applied Science Nuertingen.

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Alex Russell

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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Peter Saint-Andre

Peter Saint-Andre Peter Saint-Andre is Executive Director of the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF), Director of Standards at Jabber Inc., editor of the XMPP RFCs, and author of numerous XMPP protocol extensions.

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Rob Savoye

Rob is a long-time GNU/Linux hacker, and member of the GNU project. He is currently the primary maintainer of is DejaGnu, the GNU regression testing framework. Current GNU projects in development are GnuAE, a design tool for alternate energy systems, TraceGUI, a user interface for Trace interters, AbelMon, a power management system for off grid houses, and Gnash.

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Chris Shiflett

Chris Shiflet

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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Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth Mark Shuttleworth studied finance and information technology at the University of Cape Town, and went on to found Thawte, a company specializing in digital certificates and internet privacy. He sold Thawte to the U.S. company VeriSign in 1999, and founded HBD Venture Capital and The Shuttleworth Foundation. He moved to London in 2001, and began preparing for the First African in Space mission, training in Star City and Khazakstan. In April 2002 Shuttleworth flew in space as a cosmonaut member of the crew of Soyuz Mission TM34 to the International Space Station. In early 2004 he founded the Ubuntu project, which aims to produce a free, high quality desktop OS for everyone.

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Kathy Sierra

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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Benjamin Smedberg

Benjamin Smedberg works for the Mozilla Corporation as the coordinator and lead developer of the Mozilla XULRunner project. He is the module owner of Mozilla's embedding and build system modules. In a previous life, Smedberg was a professional choir director and organist.

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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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Tom Steinberg

Tom Steinberg is the founder of mySociety, a charitable body that runs many of the democracy websites in the UK.

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Louis Suarez-Potts

Louis Suárez-Potts is the community manager for OpenOffice.org, as well as the chair of the governing Community Council. An employee of CollabNet, Suárez-Potts has managed OpenOffice.org for more than five years. He is currently working on a study of the contradictions implicit in liberal accounts of open source development.

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Brian Suda

Brian Suda is an informatician currently residing in Reykjavík, Iceland. He has spent a good portion of each day connected to the Internet after discovering it back in 1996. Most recently, he has been working closely on the Microformats project writing code, gardening the wiki, and hammering out FAQs and specifications. His own little patch of Internet can be found at suda.co.uk where many of his past projects and crazy ideas can be found.

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Omar Tazi

Omar Tazi Omar Tazi is currently chief open source evangelist with Oracle where he is responsible for open source strategy and evangelism focusing on the areas of Middleware and Tools. Prior to joining Oracle, Tazi was the CEO of Orbeon where he implemented a successful business model based on services using open source software donated by Orbeon to the community.

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Lars Thalmann

Lars Thalmann Dr. Lars Thalmann is the technical lead of replication and backup technology at MySQL. He is leading the design and development of MySQL Backup and the second generation of MySQL Replication with features like cluster replication, row-based replication, conflict handling, and multisource. Dr. Thalmann has also worked with clustering technology for many years and is one of the developers of NDB Cluster, the storage engine used in MySQL Cluster.

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Palle Torsson

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Mark Tovey

Mark Tovey is completing his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at Carleton University. He is interested in the ways in which we can tame cognitively challenging problems with appropriate technological aids.

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Martin von Haller Groenbaek

Martin von Haller Groenbaek is a partner at Copenhagen-based Bender von Haller Dragsted, which is a leading Scandinavian IT-law boutique. He specializes in legal issues related to emerging technology and provides legal advice to large companies as well as small IT startups. He was the co-founder of the Danish Open Source Vendors Association.

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Florian von Kurnatowski

Florian von Kurnatowski Florian von Kurnatowski leads Scalix’s open source initiative, with the goal of assuring through strong community engagement and partnerships with other open source projects that the company's messaging and calendaring platform develops into a robust foundation and a cornerstone of a full open source enterprise application stack.

Prior to joining Scalix in 2004, he was founder and partner in a consulting and training firm specializing in open systems, enterprise IT, and emerging technologies. An early adopter and evangelist of Linux-based technology, he looks back at more than a decade of enterprise messaging experience in both legacy and open environments. von Kurnatowski is a frequent speaker at technology and open source events in both the US and Europe.

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Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley Simon Wardley leads the team at Fotango an innovative software and systems development business and the creators of Zimki, the JavaScript web application platform launched in the summer of 2006. Zimki enables developers and businesses to build and deploy web apps quickly, with no up front cost and no requirement for additional development tools, hardware or hosting. Simon has worked within the software industry for a long time. He has held senior and advisory roles within large multinationals as well as several successful start-ups. He is a strong advocate of the commodisation of IT services, SaaS, Utility Computing and the Open Source movement.

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Jeff Waugh

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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Johan Wikman

Johan Wikman is a researcher at the Nokia Research Center, currently exploring the possibilites enabled by general HTTP access to mobile phones. During his time at NRC he has worked on various different topics, ranging from implementing distributed collaborative design environments to making Linux run on mobile phones.

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Alan Williamson

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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Alexios Zavras

Alexios Zavras has been programming and administrating Unix systems and computer networks for more than twenty years. He is currently working as an independent IT consultant based in Greece, after having collaborated for years with a number of private companies and academic institutions. He studied computer science in Greece and the United States.

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Jim Zemlin

Jim Zemlin, formerly executive director of the Free Standards Group, is the executive director of the Linux Foundation. Zemlin previously served as vice president of marketing for Covalent Technologies, the leader in products and services for the Apache web server. Prior to that, he was a member of the founding management team of Corio, a leading enterprise application service provider that had a successful initial public offering in July 2000.

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