Adnan Abdulhussein is a Developer at Bitnami working on all things containers, to bring up-to-date, consistent, and well documented images to the container ecosystem. He has also worked on several other cloud projects including the Bitnami Launchpads for Azure, Google and vCloud Air. Adnan is passionate about infrastructure, dev tools, Ruby, F/OSS, and the possibility of time travel. Originally from the UK, he holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Bristol.

Developer Advocate

Christopher Aedo, Cloud Architect/Developer Advocate at IBM, is an IT veteran for consulting, design and technology companies. He is also an outspoken public advocate for OpenStack, cloud computing, software defined networking, and software defined storage. He's recognized as a community thought leader and has spoken at numerous OpenStack conferences in addition to speaking or participating on panels in multiple international conferences, including OSCon, CloudOpen, PuppetConf, and...

Sr. Software Engineer
Symantec Corporation
Principal Scientist
Vanguard Computer Technology Labs

Steve is a local (Central Coast) open source developer, engineering consultant, and educator, with expertise in open source hardware, software, development/process solutions, system architecture & cybersecurity, education/training, business process, community development (maker/hacker/DIY/etc), and applied earth science. Steve has a graduate degree in geophysics, is currently Principal Scientist at Vanguard Computer Technology Labs and former Allan Hancock Assoc. Faculty, and has worked...

Ubuntu Community Manager

Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, engineering manager, consultant and author. Currently he works as the Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical, leading a team that grows, inspires and enthuses the global Ubuntu community; a community numbering the hundreds of thousands.

Bacon is a prominent author and speaker on community management and best practice, and wrote the best-selling The Art of Community (O’Reilly), is the founder of the primary annual conference for community...

Presentation: Gophers Riding Elephants
Senior Site Reliability Engineer
Procore Technologies

AJ Bahnken works on building reliable, performant, and secure systems at Procore. He works a lot on security, distributed systems, Linux, chasing down weird bugs and writes a lot of his tools in Go.

Presentation: Life hack like Watchdogs

Keila Banks is an 14 year old web designer, programmer, videographer and publisher of content making use of mostly open source software. Featured on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show, keynote at OSCON 2015, PyCon Montreal, Texas Linuxfest, USENIX and subsequent viral video she has been talking the world by storm. She has been a part of SCALE since before birth as her mother manned the registration desk for SCALE 1 while pregnant with her. She, with the help of her father (Phillip Banks...

Project Atomic Community
Red Hat Inc.

Josh Berkus spends his time messing around with containers, automation, and community-building for Red Hat Inc. Prior to that, he spent nearly two decades working on PostgreSQL. From his home in Portland, he cooks, makes pottery, and looks after a cat.

Principle Software Engineer
Red Hat

Brian Bouterse is a Principle Software Engineer at Red Hat. He is a developer on Pulp which is written in Python and deploys Python software among other types (rpm, puppet, docker, etc). He also is a contributor to the Kombu project. Brian loves open source because. He lives in Raleigh near NCSU with his wife Katie and his cat Schmowee.

In VM (aka Vicky)'s nearly 20 years in the tech industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager, director of software engineering, and C-level technical business and open source strategy consultant. Vicky is the winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O'Reilly Open Source Award (2016).

Vicky occasionally blogs at http://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com, often writes and is a...

Production Engineer

Yannick is a Production Engineer at Facebook working on the kernel team. As such he works on improving the stability and performance of the kernels deployed on the Facebook infrastructure and develops testing, monitoring and deployment tools to help in this endeavor. Previously, he was a research associate at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal where he work on performance analysis tools for Linux, including contributing to the LTTng project. He also spent several years doing consultation work...

Certification Architect

Ross Brunson is the Certification Architect at SUSE Inc. where he manages the conception, creation and execution of all SUSE technical certifications. A skilled and experienced technical presenter, he works to provide sales and technical staff with the tools, education and support they need to solve customer problems using enterprise open source solutions.

Beginning in the US Army with work on Unix battlefield simulation systems, Ross has been a consultant, trainer and presenter for...

Presentation: The Identity of Things
Technical Evangelist

Greg Bulmash is a former IMDb Senior Editor, urban legend (really, Google me), and recovering stand-up comic. In 2005, he left IMDb and let his geek flag fly, gradually upgrading his 1980s BASIC skills to Zend and Microsoft certifications in open source web development technologies. He's developed professionally on LAMP, WISP, and LASP stacks, and recently started picking up node and Python.

He currently works as a Technical Evangelist for Login with Amazon, and for the past 3...

Cloud Architect
IBM Cloud

After installing Linux on his old i386 from a CD in the back of a Linux book he was given in 1995, Clint went on to be a Linux and open source power user. Splitting career time between software development and web scale operations gave Clint early insight into what is now known as the DevOps culture. Since then Clint has worked for Canonical on Ubuntu Server, HP on Helion OpenStack, and now for IBM on OpenStack, the most prominent Free Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) implementation of...


David Calavera is the CTO of Netlify where he and his team are building the best platform for deploying and automating modern web projects. Before that, he was a core member of the Docker Engine project, where he helped developers build the container engine that started the container revolution. David also built enterprise tools for GitHub and has contributed to numerous open source projects, such us Go, JRuby and many others.

Sr. Director of Technology Strategy

Lee Calcote is an innovative thought leader, passionate about developer platforms and management software for clouds, containers, infrastructure and applications. Advanced and emerging technologies have been a consistent focus through Calcote’s tenure at SolarWinds, Seagate, Cisco and Pelco. An organizer of technology meetups and conferences, a writer, author, speaker, he is active in the tech community.

Global Solutions Architect Leader
Red Hat

Thomas Cameron is the global solutions architect leader at Red Hat. He has been in the IT industry since 1993, and started using Linux in 1995. Thomas has previously held certifications as a Microsoft Certified Engineer, a Microsoft Certified Trainer, and a Novell Certified Engineer. He currently holds every platform certification Red Hat offers, including Red Hat Certified Architect, Certified Red Hat Security Specialist, Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator, and Red Hat Certified...

Free Software Developer
Aikidev, LLC

Vagrant Cascadian is a Debian Developer since 2010, maintaining
packages such as u-boot and LTSP.

In 2015 and 2016, Vagrant built a diverse ARM build farm out of a
variety of single board computers for the Reproducible Builds project,
which now rebuilds over 1,800 Debian armhf packages per day. As a
result, support for many of these boards is enabled in the Linux
kernel packages shipped in Debian, and some have debian-installer


Presentation: Linux: the first second

Alison works for Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division in Fremont, CA although recently she has worked on automotive Linux in Germany. Previous speaking experience includes ELC, ELCE, Automotive LInux Summit, SCALE, Maker Faire and many local LUGs. Alison has been running POSIX variants on her home systems since BSD 4.3. Her previous career as a physicist started at MIT and included stints at HP Labs and Stanford. She disorganizes the 1,000+-member Silicon Valley Automotive Open...

Principal Architect, Systems

Andy Chan is a principal systems architect in Ticketmaster. He is currently part of the Cloud Enablement Team (CET) helping developers and devops migrating hundreds of products from decades old on-premise data centers into public cloud. His team builds a migration toolkit making the migration easier and faster.

Before joining Ticketmaster, Andy was a platform and software architect for a few well known dot com companies within Southern California. He is also a co-author of Apress...

Chief Evangelist

Colin Charles is the Chief Evangelist at Percona. He was previously on the founding team of MariaDB Server in 2009, and had worked at MySQL since 2005, and been a MySQL user since 2000. Before joining MySQL, he worked actively on the Fedora and OpenOffice.org projects. He's well known within open source communities in APAC, and has spoken at many conferences.

Chestek Legal

Pamela S. Chestek is the principal of Chestek Legal in Raleigh, North Carolina. She counsels creative communities on open source, brand, marketing and copyright matters. Prior to returning to private practice, she held in­house positions at footwear, apparel, and high technology companies and was an adjunct law professor teaching a course on trademark law and unfair competition. She is a frequent author of scholarly articles, and her blog, Property, Intangible, provides analysis of current...

Sr. Network Engineer

I am a software developer for networking equipment.  I am an active blogger on technologies that I pick up in my journey to be a cloud expert.  Frequent speaker at local VMware User Group (VMUG) as well as vBrownBag.  Awarded VMware vExpert 2015. OpenStack ATC (Active Technical Contributor) in which I submit bug fix for Neutron in my spare time.  Currently looking at Docker and OpenStack Magnum.

Presentation: Open Source Caselaw
Tech Law Garden

Tennille Christensen is an attorney who specializes in advising start-ups on intellectual property issues and negotiating and drafting technology-related transactions. After receiving a B.S. in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, she spent her first career as a jane-of-all-technical trades as an engineer, code-monkey, technical writer, and analyst for an academic lab and multiple start-up companies in the fields of enterprise middleware, Video-on-Demand, databases, social networking,...

Technology Sensei
Jumping Bean

Mark Clarke is a developer, security professional and trainer who works at Jumping Bean, an open source integration company, in Johannesburg South Africa. He has over 15 year experience of leveraging open source and free software to build robust solutions for customers. He is passionate about technology and creating a vibrant and innovative start-up industry and culture in the developing world using open source and free software.

Presentation: Open Source & Ethics
Wolf Greenfield

Justin Colannino focuses his practice on patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation—particularly in the fields of computer hardware, software, and networked services. Justin also advises clients regarding open source software development, including open source license compliance.

Justin has an active pro bono practice. In that capacity, he advises non-profit free and open source software projects on all aspects of open source development, and represents detained...

Technical Evangelist

Mike joined Docker in July 2015 as a technical evangelist. In that role he creates content and delivers talks to help people get started with Docker. Prior to joining Docker Mike worked in various product management and technical marketing roles at Puppet (Labs), VMware, Intel, and Microsoft. Prior to all that he was an IT architect, and was even a Certified Banyan Engineer. In his spare time he studies Azerothian Sociology, watches soccer, and rides motorcycles.

Presentation: Intro to PostgreSQL
VP, PostgreSQL Engineering
Crunchy Data Solutions

Joe Conway is an innovative leader with broad experience in a wide array of disciplines and extensive international business exposure.

He has been involved with PostgreSQL as a contributor since 2001. He is also the author and maintainer of a PostgreSQL procedural language handler for the R language, PL/R. Joe is currently VP, PostgreSQL Engineering at Crunchy Data, which specializes in PostgreSQL with a comprehensive range of services, including consulting, architectural and...

Presentation: Innovating on the OSPO
Head of Open Source

Danese Cooper kickstarted the modern era of InnerSource popularity with a keynote at OSCON 2015 in Portland, Oregon and “Getting Started With InnerSource”, a booklet (co-authored with O’Reilly Media’s Andy Oram) describing PayPal’s first experiment (which is currently the most popular downloadable asset on GitHub). She is currently a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and Head of Open Source at PayPal. Previously Danese was CTO of Wikimedia Foundation, the first Chief Open Source...

Pivotal Inc

PostgreSQL major contributor. JDBC maintainer

community manager

Peter is a system engineer working as community manager at Balabit, the company behind the syslog-ng logging daemon. He helps distributions to maintain the syslog-ng package, follows bug trackers, helps syslog-ng users, and talks regularly at conferences (SCALE, FOSDEM, Libre Software Meeting, LOADays, etc.). In his limited free time he is interested in non-x86 architectures, and works on one of his PPC or ARM machines.

Senior Manager of Network Architecture

Owen DeLong is a Senior Manager of Network Architecture at Akamai Technologies and a member of the ARIN Advisory Council. Owen brings more than 25 years of industry experience. He is an active member of the systems administration, operations, and IP Policy communities. In the past, Owen was an IPv6 Evangelist at Hurricane Electric and has worked at Tellme Networks (Senior Network Engineer), Exodus Communications (Senior Backbone Engineer) where he was part of the team that took Exodus from a...

Production Engineer

Phil Dibowitz has been working in systems engineering for 15 years and is passionate about scaling systems and open source. He is currently a lead on the Operating Systems team at Facebook, responsible for the bare metal OS itself, configuration management and related infrastructure. Previously he worked on the traffic team automating load balancer configuration management as well as designing and building the production IPv6 infrastructure. Prior to Facebook, he worked at Google managing...


Caskey L. Dickson is a Site Reliability Engineer at Microsoft where he is part of the leadership team reinventing operations at Azure. Before that he was at Google where he worked as an SRE/SWE writing and maintaining monitoring services that operate at "Google scale" as well as business intelligence pipelines. He has worked in online services since 1995 when he turned up his first web server and has been online ever since. Before working at Google, he was a senior developer at...

Presentation: PostgreSQL snap packages
Command Prompt, Inc.

I am the lead consultant for Command Prompt, Inc.. I am also a Director for United States PostgreSQL and Software in The Public Interest. A Linux and PostgreSQL expert, I have been doing this Open Source thing for 20 years (Yes, really.). A Major PostgreSQL contributor, I have spent the majority for the last 15 years focusing on delivering PostgreSQL based solutions to the wider market.

DevOps Engineer
Mozilla Corporation

edunham is an open-source geek of many trades, currently working as a "DevOps" Engineer for Mozilla Research. This role has applied skills learned at the OSU Open Source Lab and a variety of other companies to improving the Rust programming language's tools and infrastructure. Other hobbies include writing, gardening, and enjoying Oregon's outdoors.

Salt Master
Adobe Systems Inc.
Community Manager

Rikki Endsley is an editor and community manager for Opensource.com. Previously she worked as a community evangelist on the Open Source and Standards team at Red Hat. Other hats she has worn include: tech journalist; community manager for the USENIX Association; associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN, and Ubuntu User; and managing editor of Sys Admin magazine and UnixReview.com.


Ian Eyberg is a founder @ DeferPanic and lives in SF. He has given talks at GopherCon, HighLoad++, OSCon, and DefCon. He is a heavy Go user. He was given his first Slackware floppies over 20 years ago but believes that the cloud of the future will not be based on the monolith but the unikernel.

Principal Software Engineer
Red Hat

Greg Farnum is a long-standing member of the core Ceph development team, having joined the project as the third full-time engineer after graduating from Harvey Mudd College in 2009. He has served in many roles as Ceph grows, is one of the original Inktank engineers, and acts as a roving contributor focused on CephFS. Greg is passionate about solving problems in distributed computing and expanding the Ceph community.

Data Architect
PostgreSQL Global Development Group
Transformix Computer Corporation

Charles Finley is President of Transformix which specializes in legacy application migration and modernization. He has over 40 years experience working in a number of different computing environments. Systems range from legacy COBOL and green screen based applications to cloud, web and mobile applications.

Database Administrator

Database Administrator with OmniTI. Author of several popular 3rd-party PostgreSQL tools such as pg_partman, mimeo, & pg_extractor

Developer Advocate

From humble beginnings as a PHP4 web developer in grade school, Amanda now works as a Developer Advocate at GitLab where she gets to share her passion for technology with others. When she's not speaking, writing, or shooing cats off her keyboard, you'll find her consuming APIs and IPAs.

Legal Counsel
Red Hat

Richard Fontana is senior legal counsel for Products and Technologies at Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source software solutions for enterprises. In addition to serving as Red Hat's lead open source counsel, Richard provides general legal support for Red Hat's engineering and R&D organizations. Richard is a frequent public speaker on topics at the intersection of open source, law and policy. He is also a board member of the Open Source Initiative.

Senior Director of Site Reliability

Jeff worked at various early and late stage startup through the mid 90s to early 2000s before founding a system and network consulting company, then joining forces with some other PostgreSQL contributors to form PostgreSQL Experts, Inc. where he served as CTO for 7 years.

Jeff now works as the Senior Director of Site Reliability at Procore Technologies in Carpinteria, CA and continues to help the community with PostgreSQL RPM packaging.

Performance Architect

Brendan Gregg is a senior performance architect at Netflix, where he does large scale computer performance design, analysis, and tuning. He is the author of Systems Performance published by Prentice Hall, and received the USENIX LISA Award for Outstanding Achievement in System Administration. He has previously worked as a performance and kernel engineer, and has created performance analysis tools included in multiple operating systems, as well as visualizations and methodologies.

Redpill Linpro

Magnus Hagander is a member of the PostgreSQL Core Team and a developer and code committer in the PostgreSQL Global Development Group.

Magnus is one of the original developers of the Windows port of PostgreSQL. These days, he mostly works on other parts of the PostgreSQL backend, recently with a focus on security features, monitoring and backup/replication interfaces and tools.

He is also one of the core members of the postgresql.org infrastructure team, maintaining the servers...

Presentation: Litigation & Open Source
Hall Law

Andrew Hall is a co-founder of Hall Law, which counsels a spectrum of clients, from Fortune Global 500 companies to emerging startups, on legal issues relating to the development, commercialization, and governance of open-source and commercially licensed (closed-source) software. Hall Law regularly works with clients to: develop and streamline open-source governance and compliance processes; audit the use of open-source software in client products, investment target assets, and partner and...

Site Reliability Engineer
Senior Engineer

der.hans is a Free Software, technology and entrepreneurial veteran. He is a repeat author for the Linux Journal with his article about online privacy and security using a password manager as the cover article for the January 2017 issue.

He is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LFNW) and...

Open Hardware Technical Evangelist / MinnowBoard
Intel Opensource Technology Center

John 'Warthog9' Hawley led the system administration team on kernel.org for nearly a decade, leading a team including four other administrators. His other exploits include working on Syslinux, OpenSSI, a caching Gitweb, and patches to bind to enable GeoDNS. He's the author of PXE Knife, a set of interfaces around common utilities and diagnostics tools needed by an average systems administrator, as well as SyncDiff(erent) a state-full file synchronizer and file transfer...

Software Developer
219 Design, Mountain View

Faithful attendee of SCaLE since 7x!

On the job, Kelly writes production code in C++, Java, Scala, and SQL. In open source, she has contributed patches to wxWidgets, torvalds/subsurface-divelog, and msysgit.

Serving on the Infrastructure team at Radius in 2016 meant greater exposure to Docker, Kubernetes, Consul, and therefore Golang. Hence, Golang now occupies a good chunk of Kelly's free time and imagination.

More gory professional details at:

Proud is currently an undergraduate junior at University of California, San Diego studying Math-Computer Science. She is interested in the intersection between the open source community and gaming for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education; aspiring to make technical knowledge as relatable and enjoyable to learn to different audiences. As a past intern with {code} by Dell EMC, she contributed to the development of an Amazon Web Services Elastic Block Storage...

Software Engineer
facebook inc

Tejun has been working on various aspects of Linux kernel since 2005 and is currently maintaining libata, percpu memory allocator, workqueue, and control group. He currently works as a software engineer for Facebook.

Technology Coordinator
Communication & Technology School

Luis Hernandez began working in education in 2006 and began to see the great need for innovative teachers. He has been an avid user of Linux and open source for as long as he can remember. He also tries to help show new users the ease and beauty of Linux.

While studying multi-media,ranging from computer graphics to 3D animation, he began to focus greatly on cyber security as this was a field that was in desperate need of specialist. Soon he found himself working with after school...

Opensource.com community manager
Red Hat

Jason Hibbets is a senior community evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is a community manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of, The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets.

Senior Site Reliability Architect

Jonah Horowitz is a Senior Site Reliability Architect at Netflix with over 20 years of experience keeping servers and sites online. He started with a home-built BBS and has worked at both large and small tech companies including Walmart.com, Looksmart, and Quantcast.

Principal Software Engineer
Red Hat, Inc.

Michael Hrivnak is a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat and Team Lead for the Pulp Project. With strong experience in both software and systems engineering, he is excited to be writing software for systems engineers. Michael is passionate about open source software, live music, general aviation, and reducing energy consumption.

VP, Technology
Infinity Interactive

John is the VP of Technology for Infinity Interactive, a virtual IT consultancy. When he's not maintaining Perl modules or tweaking his Emacs config, he likes to play around with new languages like Swift and write about himself in the third person.

Open Source Advocate

Ryan Jarvinen is an Open Source Advocate at CoreOS, focusing on improving developer experience in the container community. He lives in Oakland, California and is passionate about open source, open standards, open government, and digital rights. You can reach him as ryanj on twitter, github, and IRC.

Sr Systems Engineer
The Walt Disney Company

Michael Jenkins is a graduate of Iowa State University with BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with a variety of technologies including integrated circuit design and infrastructure automation. Recently, Michael has worked to automate deployments for high-traffic websites in a variety of industries including automobile sales, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals.

Galactic Hitchhiker
Yahoo Inc

St. John has been at Yahoo for over six (6) years, where he is currently the product owner and lead contributor for the central continuous delivery system, Screwdriver. He has been writing in Node.js for almost four (4) years now and before that in PHP for nine (9) years. In his spare time, he also hacks around home automation.

Automation and Tools Engineer
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Elizabeth K. Joseph is an Automation and Tools Engineer at HP working on the OpenStack Infrastructure team. She spent six years on the Ubuntu Community Council, has held various roles in the Ubuntu community and is the co-author of The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th Edition. At home in San Francisco, she sits on the Board of Directors for Partimus.org, a non-profit in the Bay Area providing Linux-based computers to schools in need.

Principal Engineer

Alex Juarez is a Principal Engineer at Rackspace, touting 10 years with the company. Alex enjoys all things Linux, especially training and mentoring others, and is incredibly qualified to do so as an RHCA/RHCI. When Alex isn't helping others he's crafting killer cocktails and finding the best spots to grub in San Antonio.

CTO, Community Leader and co-founder
Site Reliability Engineer

Nina is a site reliability engineer at Procore Technologies, where she works every day to maintain the performance, scalability, security, and dependability of the services and solutions Procore offers. She is passionate for bug sleuthing and solving challenging problems that arise, and endeavors to share her enthusiasm with others through mentoring college students as well as speaking about her experiences in the field.

Jenkins project

Kohsuke is the creator of Hudson, later renamed Jenkins. He wrote the majority of the Hudson/Jenkins core single-handedly. Kohsuke has more than 10 years of extensive software development experience, ranging from Java to C++, .NET to x64 assembly, as well as systems expertise on several platforms, including Windows, Linux and Solaris. This broad range of experience was a key enabler in the development of various advanced features of Jenkins. Kohsuke is now an architect at CloudBees and an...

Software Engineer
Red Hat

Ben is a senior software engineer at Red Hat working on the OpenStack project. Previously he held similar titles at Mozilla, Google, and Intel.

In a previous (read: academic) life, he was a community systems administrator at the OSU Open Source Lab, where he administered dozens of large open source projects. He also actively participated in OSU's Linux User Group as their official Safety Officer, and as part of the Open Source Education Lab which aimed to integrate Free Software...


I am 15 years old and live in Santa Barbara. I have participated in the Open Source community for several years. My dad has been on the SCALE leadership team for a long time, and he introduced me to programming. My favorite programming languages are HTML, JavaScript, CSS and Bash because I like creating websites and apps. I also program in Shell and some Python, and like making short animations using Blender. I created the world's first emulator for the WITCH, the oldest...

CTO / Founder
Unitas Global

Grant Kirkwood is the founder and CTO of Unitas Global, a provider of custom Enterprise Cloud solutions for organizations around the world. The company offers its solutions to mid- and large-size enterprise, operating from 35 datacenter deployments worldwide.

A serial entrepreneur and technologist at heart, Grant has always been at the forefront of open source technologies. His first company began offering web application development and hosting based on open source technologies in...

OpenVZ / Parallels

Kirill Kolyshkin was named leader and project manager for the OpenVZ project in 2005 to further the adoption of containers virtualization for Linux. He spearheads the overall development and manages all key architecture, updates and feature upgrades for OpenVZ. Kolyshkin has more than 10 years Linux experience and has long been an active open source advocate. He is a frequent speaker about virtualization technology and his 15-years career experience includes positions in information...

CEO and consultant
PostgreSQL-Consulting LLC

Ilya is a co-founder and CEO at PostgreSQL-Consulting.com. His previous experience encompasses such commercial databases as Oracle and DB2. Currently, Ilya works primarily with PostgreSQL with a focus on its performance and effective use in production. He sees the mission of PostgreSQL in substituting the commercial databases in high-performance mission-critical applications.

Learn Teach Code

Liz Krane is a freelance web developer and founder of Learn Teach Code (previously Learn to Code LA), one of the largest tech meetups in Los Angeles. Previously a community manager for Hackaday and research assistant at USC Annenberg, Liz is a professional dabbler who dreams of learning something about everything.

President and Distinguished Technologist
Software Freedom Conservancy

Bradley M. Kuhn is the Distinguished Technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy, on the Free Software Foundation (FSF)'s Board of Directors, and editor-in-chief of copyleft.org. As FSF's Executive Director from 2001–2005, Kuhn led FSF's GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL. Kuhn was appointed President of Software Freedom...

Senior Software Engineer
Gem, Inc.

Intending to become a programmer ("developer" hadn't been invented by the marketing department yet), Dustin got sidetracked and spent more time than he cares to admit doing theoretical physics, a background filled with continuous mathematics almost entirely irrelevant to computer science and cryptography. He eventually returned to his original love, and these days writes cryptographic and embedded software for Gem, Inc. He believes that every programmer and indeed every...

Presentation: Postgres at any Scale
Principal Cloud Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer

Peter Linnell is a Sr. System Engineer for SUSE. He has fifteen plus years of experience in open source projects, as a founder, project leader and most recently a member of the openSUSE Community Board. Before joining SUSE, he worked in Software Engineering at Cloudera - the Hadoop Big Data startup in Silicon Valley. Prior to returning to the US, he spent almost a decade living in Europe in the UK and France. While in France, he was a project manager at INRIA (National Institute for Research...

Product Management Director
Red Hat

Federico Lucifredi is the maintainer of the man suite, the primary documentation-delivery tool under Linux, a graduate of Harvard University, and the Ubuntu Advantage Product Manager at Canonical, where he oversees the Landscape systems management solution. As a software engineer-turned-manager at the Novell corporation, Federico was part of the SUSE Linux team for five years, overseeing the update stack of a 150 million dollar software maintenance business. Federico has been a CIO and a...

SUSE, Network World

Bryan Lunduke writes books about Linux. Then he writes articles about Linux. Also podcasts about Linux. Rumor has it he also does marketing work related to Linux. Linux, Linux, Linux. Plus Linux.

Senior DevOps Engineer

A Passionate Software Engineer and Open-Source Enthusiastic, Currently working as DevOps Engineer at BigBinary. Loves to automate all the stuffs and strong believer of Infra-as-a-code principle. Proficient in automating infrastructure using Chef, Ansible, Terraform and usually fond of using scripting languages like Bash, Ruby and Python.

Recently working mostly on Containers and orchestration of containers in the cloud environments and proficient in implementing Kubernetes and Rancher...

Senior Software Engineer
Rancher Labs

I'm an early engineer at Rancher Labs, where I maintain its Kubernetes distribution. I have been involved in the Container ecosystem for 2 years. During this time, I have contributed to various open source projects, notably the log driver framework for Docker, and cloud provider enhancements in Kubernetes. I love to share my thoughts and insights gained from building and running container orchestration systems.

Presentation: Essential Web Security

After several years in Japan, Justin Mayer now designs and builds software products in Santa Monica. He is an active open-source contributor and the primary maintainer of Pelican, a popular static site generator.

Senior Principal Engineer
Amazon Web Services

Grant McAlister is a Senior Principal Engineer at Amazon Web Services where he works on RDS - Amazon's Relational Database Service, the service he helped found 8 years ago. Prior to AWS, Grant was responsible for the performance, scalability and availability of Amazon's databases. Before joining Amazon.com in 1999, Grant worked as an Independent Database Consultant and as a Senior Principle Consultant for Oracle Corporation. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science at the University...

Presentation: Strategic Autovacuum
Sr. Architect

Scott has been an avid PostgreSQL user, DBA, Developer & contributor for over 12 years. His focus is on production, designing systems that allow "always-on" maintenance, carrier-grade reliability and ultra-wide scalability.

Presentation: How To DevOps

Carlos has worked in operations as his primary function in tech for many years. But with the move toward infrastructure as code, he as saught to leverage best practices to improve work life. This has lead him to continuous integration and deployment to test-driven infrastructure.

Today he works at Verizon Digital Media Services where he works with technologies such as SaltStack and OpenStack. And when he is not working he enjoys participating in the opensource community from attending...

Principal Software Engineer
Red Hat Inc

Adam Miller is a member of the Fedora Engineering team focusing on Fedora Release Engineering tooling. His work includes next-generation build systems, automation, and infrastructure. Adam has completed his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Masters of Science in Information Assurance and Security, both from Sam Houston State University. He is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (Cert# 110-008-810), and an active member of the open source community with a running history of contributions...

Senior Database Architect

Bruce Momjian is co-founder and core team member of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group, and has worked on PostgreSQL since 1996. He has been employed by EnterpriseDB since 2006. He has spoken at many international open-source conferences and is the author of PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts, published by Addison-Wesley. Prior to his involvement with PostgreSQL, Bruce worked as a consultant, developing custom database applications for some of the world's largest law firms. As...

Software Developer

Ken Moore is a developer on the PC-BSD project with a strong focus on user-interface design and implementation. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and two kids, and enjoys woodworking whenever he has spare time.

Linux Systems Administrator

I am a Linux Systems Administrator, I've been a user of GNU/Linux for my
own personal use since the late nineties. I've used many distributions over
the years, starting with Slackware, up to the latest Red Hat and Ubuntu

Data Architect
Blue Treble Consulting

I am a student who goes to Cal Poly Pomona interested in system administration and cyber security. I train students in the ways of linux and devops to help create a better prepared set of students entering university and the workforce.

Presentation: Becoming A SQL Guru
Data Services Manager
Software Engineer

Michelle Noorali is a software engineer at Deis and a core maintainer on the Kubernetes Helm project. She co-leads SIG-Apps which is the Kubernetes special interest group for running and managing applications and workloads on Kubernetes. She is primarily a Go developer but has Ruby roots. Michelle's background is in Computer Science and startups. You will most likely catch Michelle in the process of moving to a different city because she is consumed by wanderlust or working on...

Presentation: Innovating on the OSPO
OSS Programs Evangelist

Duane O’Brien left a successful career as an engineer at Adobe to help PayPal learn open source ways. In the past year he's taken on responsibility for inbound and outbound open source programs, as well as community coaching and open source evangelism at PayPal. He's also an avid table top gamer and a serious cyclist, often participating in fundraiser rides including the annual AIDS Lifecycle.

Presentation: Introduction to USB
Director of Platform Software
SoftIron, Inc

Alan started programming when he was four years old on his dad's Commodore 64 and began using Linux in the mid-90s while in high school. He currently works for SoftrIron, a Silicon Valley startup making ARM-based appliances for the data center. Alan is the creator and maintainer of M-Stack, a free and open source USB device stack for PIC micocontrollers, and HIDAPI, a cross-platform host-side USB HID library; and is a contributor to the Linux kernel in the areas of USB and 802.15.4. He...

Distinguished Architect

Adrian serves as a Distinguished Architect at Rackspace. He is an active technical contributor to OpenStack, the chair of the OpenStack Containers Team, and PTL of OpenStack Magnum. In his free time he serves as a coordinator for the Docker Los Angeles Meetup group. Adrian is passionate about next generation cloud technology, and believes that true collaborative development is significantly more powerful than individual companies working in isolation.

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Director of Engineering
Red Hat, Inc.

Dmitri Pal is an Engineering Director at Red Hat. He is responsible for security and identity management projects and products provided as a part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux ecosystem. This includes IdM (FreeIPA), SSSD, Samba, Kerberos, Directory Server, Certificate System, OpenSCAP, SELinux and Crypto libraries. Dmitri is also responsible for security and identity related cross-product integration efforts. Dmitri has more than nineteen years of security and identity management experience....

Principal Software Engineer
Rancher Labs, Inc.

Anand Babu (AB) Periasamy is a free software contributor, angel investor and an entrepreneur. AB is one of the founders of Minio, an open source cloud storage server. Prior to Minio, AB co-founded Gluster, an open source distributed filesystem. In 2004, as the CTO of California Digital Corp., AB led the development of world’s second fastest Supercomputer code named “Thunder”. AB is also on the board of Free Software Foundation - India and has authored GNU FreeIPMI and GNU FreeTalk.

Presentation: You Can Save the World
Community Team Lead
Red Hat

Stormy Peters leads the Community Leads team at Red Hat. Previously at SCALE she has given the "Would you do it again for free?" keynote as well as several talks on community management.

Stormy is passionate about open source software and educates companies and communities on how open source software is changing the software industry. She is a compelling speaker who engages her audiences during and after her presentations.

Before joining Red Hat, Stormy was VP of...

Presentation: Securing PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.

Christophe has been working with PostgreSQL since 1997. He consults through PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.

Community Manager
Community Manager

People person, technology enthusiast and all-things-open evangelist. I have managed and marketed communities for more than a decade, getting started in the KDE community, followed by working as openSUSE Community Manager at SUSE and now managing community matters at ownCloud. I'm busy helping to grow the ownCloud community, speaking at and organizing conferences and writing about my passions ranging from psychology and people in communities to innovative technology.

Konsulko Group

Matt Porter is the CTO of Konsulko Group, working on the design and development software for embedded Linux based systems. Matt specializes in the Linux kernel and associated FOSS middleware that provides the plumbing for applications. Outside of work he hacks on various random Linux kernel drivers and subsystems. Matt has spoken at previous conferences on the topics of userspace drivers, Android, Linux 6502 remote processors, kernel testing, USB gadget configfs, kernel upstreaming, and...

Principal Community Analyst
Red Hat

Brian Proffitt is currently Principal Community Analyst for Red Hat's Open Source and Standards team. A long-time member of the free and open source software community, Brian is the author of several books on Linux, iOS, and other odd operating systems, as well as former technology journalist from ReadWrite, ITworld, LinuxPlanet, and Linux Today.

The Quinn Acvisory Group

Principal at The Quinn Advisory Group, Corey has a history as an engineering manager, public speaker, and advocate for cloud strategies which speak to company culture. He specializes in helping companies control and optimize their AWS cloud footprint without disrupting the engineers using it.

Outside of his professional work, Corey is known for overdressing, telling entertaining stories, and carrying a cigarette case full of drink umbrellas.

Presentation: Jams, Cans and Qubes
VP, Engineering Operations

Kyle Rankin is the Vice President of Engineering Operations for Final Inc.; the author of DevOps Troubleshooting, The Official Ubuntu Server Book, Knoppix Hacks, and an upcoming book on server hardening, among other books. Rankin is an award-winning columnist for Linux Journal, and has written for PC Magazine, TechTarget websites and other publications. He speaks frequently on Open Source software including at SCALE, O'Reilly Security Conference, CactusCon, OSCON, Linux World Expo,...

Software Engineer

Adam Reese is a core maintainer for the Kubernetes Helm project. As a Senior Engineer at Deis, he has contributed to many open source projects. Over his career, Adam has built everything from distributed pipeline processors to guitar effects pedals. When he is not slaving away in the code mines, Adam enjoys mountain biking, playing guitars, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and Australian Shepherd.

senior systems engineer
RAND corporation

John Roman is a systems administrator at The RAND Corporation, with ten years experience in Linux systems administration and an extensive background in high availability email environments as well as the challenges of email services in a shared hosting and corporate environments.

Director, Open Source Strategy Office

Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of SanDisk’s Open Source Strategy Office. She first glimpsed the power of open source while at SGI in the 90s and has been building bridges between hardware developers and the open source community ever since.

She’s also held leadership positions at Wind River, Synopsys, Avaya, Cranite, Tripwire and Eastman Kodak. (and yes, she’s happy to answer your questions about what it was like to work at Kodak).

Nithya is also is the President of SanDisk’s...

Developer Advocate

Baruch Sadogursky (a.k.a JBaruch) is developer advocate at JFrog, the Artifactory binary repository creators, and winner of the JavaOne and Duke Choice Awards.

For the past dozen years he has served as a frequent speaker, blogger and coder for Artifactory and Bintray, and has loved every moment of it.

Baruch is @jbaruch on Twitter and a blogger on http://www.jfrog.com/blog/ and http://blog.bintray.com...

Engineering Fellow

Allen joined SanDisk in 2013 as an Engineering Fellow, he is responsible for directing software development for SanDisk’s system level products. He has previously served as Chief Architect at Weitek Corp. and Citrix, and founded several companies including AMKAR Consulting, Orbital Data Corporation, and Cirtas Systems. Allen has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rice University.

Executive Director
Software Freedom Conservancy

Karen M. Sandler is Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, the nonprofit home of dozens of essential free software projects. She is known for her advocacy for free and open source software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. She was previously the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. Karen co-organizes Outreachy (formerly Outreach Program for Women). She received an O'Reilly Open Source Award and is co-host of the oggcast "Free and...

Senior Software Engineer
Red Hat

Clint currently works for Red Hat on the Continuous Infrastructure team. He's previous work included The Linux Foundation, an independent Linux consultant, trainer, developer, and community organizer.

In 2006, Clint founded the Utah Open Source Foundation and Utah Open Source Conference (now called OpenWest) to help grow Free and Open Source Software in Utah and the Mountain West. The conference and community have grown consistently every year. Clint currently helps run the Utah...

Technical Solutions Architect

Nick Shadrin is a web application delivery professional with many years of international experience. He has worked in various roles for major IT vendors and cloud companies, and currently resides in San Francisco where he works as a technical solutions architect for Nginx. Nick has implemented website optimization systems for well-known websites and major enterprises.

Open Source Engineer
Treasure Data

Eduardo Silva is a principal Open Source developer at Treasure Data Inc. It currently leads the efforts to make logging ecosystem more friendly between Embedded and Cloud Services. He also directs the Monkey Project organization which is behind the Open Source projects Monkey HTTP Server and Duda I/O. He is a known speaker in FLOSS events andd have serve as an organization administrator for Monkey Project organization for the Google Summer of Code program on 2012, 2013 and 2014. Eduardo have...


I have been working as a postgres DBA at OmniTI for almost 4 years. I completed my Masters in CS from University of Maryland in 2014, and current a Doctoral student researching data mining in cybersecurity.

Community Manager

Ryan Sipes is a community builder, open source evangelist, and longtime Linux user. After working on artificial intelligence platform Mycroft A.I., he has joined System76 as their Community Manager. At System76, Ryan is working to usher in the long prophesized year of the Linux desktop.

Operations Engineer
Slack, Inc

I'm a software engineer on the Operations Team at Slack. I love working on tough distributed systems problems, and learning from my team and the community! I have been a fond user and contributor to Open Source for over 10 years, with no plans on stopping anytime soon.

Previously, I was the Mesos/Aurora SRE Tech Lead at Twitter, and an Internal Technology Resident at Google...

Executive Director
Free Software Foundation

John started working with GNU Press and the Free Software Foundation in 2003 and then became the FSF's first Campaigns Manager, working on outreach efforts like Defective by Design, BadVista, and PlayOgg. In 2011, John became the Executive Director after four years as Manager of Operations.

His background is mainly in the humanities, with an MFA in Writing and Poetics and a BA in Philosophy, but he has been spending too much time with computers and online communities since the...

Systems Consultant
Simplicify Inc.

Working in Linux has been a passion of mine since I was in highschool. Building my first computer at the age of 15 spurned my curiousity with computer hardware and software technology and through time my passion expanded into the work place and brought about job opportunities. I am currently a Sr. Cloud Engineer as well as a professional photographer and throroughly enjoy using FOSS software for my professional ventures.

Principal Engineer

Brad Urani loves talking, tweeting and blogging about software almost as much as he loves creating it. He's a veteran of 5 startups and a frequent conference and meetup speaker. He lives in Santa Barbara, California where he preaches the wonders of open source as principal engineer at Procore.

Director, JCP Program

Heather VanCura leads the JCP Program at Oracle, and is a leader of the global community driven adoption and user group programs. Heather drives the efforts to transform the JCP program and broaden participation and diversity in the community. She is passionate about Java, women in technology and developer communities, serving as an international speaker and community organizer of developer hack days around the world. Heather enjoys speaking at conferences, such as OSCON, FOSDEM, Devoxx,...

Peter was a co-founding member of the Heroku Postgres team, where he helped to build a service that run something like a million PostgreSQL databases. He travels the world speaking mostly on scaling start-ups, and PostgreSQL. Before joining the Heroku team, he worked as an oceanographer, a game developer, and in media player development. He lives in San Francisco, California and grew up in British Columbia, Canada.

Presentation: Introduction to SoC+FPGA
Software developer
DENX Software Engineering GmbH

I have been contracting for DENX Software Engineering for a couple of years now. My primary responsibility is designing and implementing customer specific functionality. One important aspect of my work is leveraging the benefits of working inside the mainline Linux, U-Boot and Yocto projects, explaining our customers the benefits of pushing the newly produced code back into mainline and effectively doing the contributions. I am therefore heavily involved with both mainline U-Boot and Linux...

Developer Advocate
{code} by Dell EMC

David vonThenen is a Developer Advocate at {code} by Dell EMC. The {code} team lives and breathes Open Source by making contributions to the community in a wide variety of projects ranging from Apache Mesos, Docker, and storage orchestration platforms. Prior to joining {code} by Dell EMC, David was a technical architect and development lead for a Backup/Recovery solution with heavy focus in the virtualization space, VMware in particular.

Distinguished Technologist
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Stephen is a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.  Prior to that he has been a technical executive, a founder, a consultant, a writer, an international business person, a systems developer, a software construction geek, and a standards diplomat. He loves to build teams, and products that make customers ecstatic. He has worked in the IT industry since 1980 as both customer and vendor, working with open source for almost 25 years.  He blogs at "...

Computer Science Student

I am a senior studying Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine.
This past summer I had the opportunity to work with {code}, an open source division of Dell EMC. In the process I learned all about Docker and containers.

2ndQuadrant, Ltd.

Mark leads the 2ndQuadrant performance practice as a Performance Consultant for English Speaking Territories, based out of Oregon in the USA.

Presentation: rkt

Josh Wood’s passion for the rkt container runtime led him to CoreOS, where he is responsible for documentation. When procrastinating, Josh enjoys photographing polydactyl cats and writing short autobiographies.

HY Research LLC

Hunyue Yau from HY Research LLC (http://www.hy-research.com/) is an embedded Linux Consultant, software and hardware developer, and enthusiast with over 20 years of involvement in Linux. He has worked on numerous Linux architectures including x86 and ARM. Areas of interest include sensors, low power and small foot print for mobile, and embedded Linux devices with a focus on low level kernel and hardware details. Prior works include development of one...

Presentation: 100% Observability
Technical Writer/Evangelist

Jason is a technical writer and evangelist at Datadog, where he works to inspire developers and ops engineers with the power of metrics and monitoring. Previously, he was the community manager for DevOps & Performance at O’Reilly Media and a software engineer at MongoDB. He’s currently a co-organizer of DevOpsDays Portland and a member of the global DevOpsDays web team. When he’s not speaking at conferences or helping organize them, he likes to spend time on planes “travel hacking” and...

Legal Counsel
Wikimedia Foundation

Zhou Zhou is Legal Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation, which hosts Wikipedia and its sister projects. In his role, he focuses on providing support for products and technology features at the Foundation. Previously, he was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he worked on a variety of litigation and transactional issues, mainly in the technology and privacy spaces. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was on the editorial board of the Columbia Science and...

Chief Technology Officer

Dmitri has led engineering at a number of organizations, most recently leading the vSphere client team at VMware where he also worked on a variety of related projects. While at VMware he led a substantial refactoring of vSphere and was primarily responsible for the end user experience of a product that generates the majority of VMware’s revenues.

Prior to VMware Dmitri was head of engineering at Opalis. Opalis was purchased by Microsoft and is now Microsoft’s System Center...