Presentation: OpenZFS Basics
Principal Engineer

Matt Ahrens co-founded the ZFS project at Sun Microsystems in 2001, designed and implemented major components of ZFS including snapshots and remote replication, and helped lead Sun's ZFS team for 9 years. Matt is now a software engineer at Delphix, where he leads a team working on ZFS for Delphix's database virtualization appliance. He continues to develop ZFS code, as well as coordinating open-source ZFS development across companies and platforms.

In 2013, Matt founded the...

Jono Bacon Consulting

Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting which provides community strategy/execution, developer workflow, and other services. He also previously served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, OpenAdvantage, and consulted and advised a range of organizations including Huawei, GitLab, Sony Mobile, Deutsche Bank, HackerOne, and others. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Art of Community, is...

Presentation: Let's Fix The Internet
Community Manager

Martin has been using Free Software for more than 20 years. He has lived and was active in the local Free Software community on four continents. He lived in Los Angeles once and even presented at LUG Fest IV, the predecessor to SCALE in 2001.

He eventually settled in China where he now lives with his family, running a small Web Development Shop. He continues to be active in the Free Software community. He was running the Beijing GNU/Linux User Group for four years and now mentors his...

Senior Security Engineer

Will Bengtson is senior security engineer at Netflix focused on security operations and tooling. Prior to Netflix, Bengtson led security at a healthcare data analytics startup, consulted across various industries in the private sector, and spent many years in the Department of Defense. Bengtson is on the BSidesSF and Bay Area OWASP leadership team. Bengtson contributes to numerous open source projects and has spoken on topics of security across the world.

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.

Infrastructure Engineer
OpenStack Foundation

Jim is well respected in the OpenStack community, with a passion for open source in general and OpenStack in particular. He brings deep knowledge of the OpenStack development process at every step, from blueprint to summit to code submission, ultimately through to bi-annual releases and ongoing stable maintenance. Jim's broad experience comes from contributing to OpenStack on behalf of HP since the software's first release, Austin, in 2010.

Jim helps the OpenStack...


Have 10 US patents on mobile devices. Will get an 11th patent in Dec 2017. Full time inventor. My startup just got a blockchain patent and in Dec it will get an anti-ad blocker patent. The startup offers brands for mobile users to interact with other mobile users via apps. The brands are independent of the apps.

Cofounded Metaswarm (antispam). Cofounded Enteractv.com around a portfolio of 9 patents on mobile devices and electronic barcodes.

PhD theoretical physics Caltech.

Red Hat

Jason Brooks is a software analyst with Red Hat, in the company's Open Source and Standards group. Previously, Jason spent 12 years as an analyst and editor with eWEEK Labs, testing and writing about enterprise IT, with a particular focus on Linux and open source software. Jason lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife and two sons.

Senior Cloud Engineer

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 IBM on OpenStack and BlueMix. Today he's a senior cloud engineer bringing CI/CD and much awesomeness...

Head 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.

libreCMC Project
University Outreach Team Lead
Red Hat

Education Outreach team lead at Red Hat. Red Hat employee since 2001. Co-author of "Raspberry Pi Hacks" (O'Reilly, 2013). Formerly Fedora Engineering Manager, Fedora Packaging Committee Chair, Fedora Board Member, Fedora Engineering Steering Committee Member. In my spare time, I enjoy gaming, geocaching, pinball, hockey, and science fiction.

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.

Sr. Network Engineer
Cephas Cloud Security Solutions

Software developer for networking equipment specialized in networking and security. Community builder. VMware vExpert 2015-2017

Developer Evangelist

Former musical theatre actress and Hackbright Academy graduate, Chloe is now a Developer Evangelist at Sentry (an open source error tracking software). Pre-Hackbright, she spent her nights and weekends performing in the Bay Area as a singer/actress and worked in tech by day. To support her theatre career, she started to learn to code on her own through online resources. Perhaps the only engineer you'll meet who has been in "Hairspray", "Xanadu", and "Jerry...

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...

Principal Architect

Glauber Costa is a Principal Architect at ScyllaDB. He shares his time between the engineering department working on upcoming Scylla features and helping customers succeed.

Before ScyllaDB, Glauber worked with Virtualization in the Linux Kernel for 10 years with contributions ranging from the Xen Hypervisor to all sorts of guest functionality and containers.

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.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Lan Dang is an Operations Engineer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, specializing in science data systems operations and large scale data processing. She spends most of her time on the command line of various remote Linux systems. Her favorite tools are screen, awk, vim, and git. In her spare time, she is active in the San Gabriel Valley tech community as a leader of the SGVLUG and its sister group, the SGVHAK hardware hacking group.

Senior Engineer, Performance and O/S Engineering

Scott Emmons works on the Performance and Operating Systems Engineering team at Netflix, helping build, upgrade, and maintain the Linux image used by over one hundred thousand cloud servers. Scott has been working with Unix-like systems professionally for over 25 years, with titles including Systems Programmer, System Administrator, Developer, Architect, and Performance Engineer.

The Hybrid Group

Ron Evans is a software developer who has been active in the free and open source community for over 20 years. As ringleader of The Hybrid Group, he helps clients solve some of their most difficult technical and business problems. Ron has presented at conferences such as GoGaRuCo, RubyConf, FutureRuby, Ignite, L.A. Ruby Conference, Conferencia Rails, and MagmaConf. Ron is an active contributor to many open source projects and created the award-winning KidsRuby, free software to help teach...

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.

Senior Database Engineer
Crunchy Data

Senior Database Engineer with Crunchy Data Solutions. Author of several popular 3rd-party PostgreSQL tools such as pg_partman, mimeo, & pg_extractor

Sr Systems Engineer
Walt Disney Animation Studio

Justin is a systems engineer with a passion for automation, security, and scale. He likes hardware and designing simple solutions.

GreyBridge Solutions

Michael Gat is a project Manager with 20+ years of experience applying complex data to simplify and streamline business. He has recently served as pro-bono project manager for the NSF-funded National Transportation Data Challenge and is currently focused on data-related projects in commercial and non-consumer spaces.

Michael’s driving passion is making better use of the data, algorithms, math and models that underlie the breathless hype of today’s tech world, quietly making everything...

Engineering Operations Lead


Usually skirting the line between dev and ops, Andrew is currently an SRE focusing on making developers more productive. He is always looking for ways to make things easier and more intuitive for others by building tools and services. He prefers to have his head in the clouds and is always looking for a fun new technology to tear apart and explore.

VP of Community Development

Nathen Harvey, VP of Community Development at Chef, helps the community whip up an awesome ecosystem built around the Chef platform. Nathen also spends much of his time helping people learn about the practices, processes, and technologies that support DevOps, continuous delivery, and high velocity organizations. Prior to joining Chef, Nathen spent a number of years managing operations and infrastructure for a diverse range of web applications. Nathen is a co-...

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.

Director of DevOps
Nativo, Inc

My name is Rich Horace, I'm the Director of DevOps at Nativo, Inc, a native advertising startup in Los Angeles. I've been working in the online advertising space and early-stage startups for the past 10 years. I've held positions at MySpace, Fox Audience Network, Glam Media and Sony Media Cloud Services, building DevOps style teams and scaling infrastructure. I'm also, the organizer for Elastic...

Principal Software Engineer
Red Hat, Inc.

Michael Hrivnak is a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat. 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.

Developer Advocate

Elizabeth K. Joseph is a Developer Advocate at Mesosphere focused on DC/OS. Previously, she spent four years as a systems engineer on the OpenStack Infrastructure team and six years on the Ubuntu Community Council and has held various roles in the Ubuntu community and is the co-author of The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th and 9th Editions. 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...

Nolan has been a full time Linux user since 1995. In a previous life, he co-founded Cumulus Networks, which builds a Linux distribution that powers the networks of many of the largest clouds and enterprise networks. Prior to that, he did early work on Virtualization at VMware and a series of startups. He is into hardware, software, and high-power experimental rocketry.

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...

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 9 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...

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: Postgres Window Magic
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...

President - CEO
0x1b, Inc.
Developer Advocate

Michael has been working with Linux and other Open Source technologies for over 10 years. He has been part of the OpenStack community since 2013, acting as a Moderator on Ask OpenStack. Currently he is a Developer Advocate for IBM, focusing on esports and cloud native applications. 

PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.

Christophe has been working with PostgreSQL since 1997. He is the CEO of PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.

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.

Senior Director, Open Source Practice, Comcast

Nithya Ruff is the Senior Director of Comcast's Open Source Practice. Her charter is to drive common open source practices and strategy across Comcast. She is also Director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board of Directors. 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 (an Intel Company), Synopsys, Avaya,...

Special Projects Manager

Nuritzi is a founding member of Endless, a company that is focused on making software for the next billion computer users. At Endless, she manages the Ecosystem Team, which is in charge of building an open source community around Endless and helping to localize the product for new markets.

Nuritzi is also on the GNOME Foundation's Board of Directors, and is currently the Foundation's President. She is a core member of the GNOME Project's Engagement Team, where she is...

Red Hat

Louis is an Architect in the Container and PaaS Practice Group in the Emerging Technology Practices Division at Red Hat. Louis focuses on OpenShift, Middleware and DevOps and has spent significant time helping businesses overcome their development & operations roadblocks with OpenShift at scale. When not working with customers, Louis is a contributor to the OpenShift Installer, OpenShift Docs and a few other projects. Louis has also spent time as a Senior Consultant, Enterprise...


Joerg Schad is a Distributed Systems Engineer at Mesosphere who works on DC/OS and Apache Mesos. Prior to this he worked on SAP Hana and in the Information Systems Group at Saarland University. His passions are distributed (database) systems, data analytics, and distributed algorithms and his speaking experience include various Meetups, international conferences, and lecture halls.

General Manager
Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc.

Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned expert on the Perl and Smalltalk programming languages, having contributed to a dozen top-selling books on the subject, and over 250 magazine articles. Schwartz runs a Perl and Smalltalk training and consulting company (Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc of Portland, Oregon), and is a highly sought-after speaker for his masterful stage combination of technical skill, comedic timing, and crowd rapport. Schwartz hosts the successful FLOSS Weekly podcast,...

Ty works with SMBs to achieve compliance for PCI and SOC2 standards. He has been working in the industry for over 25 years as a programmer, systems architect, and manager of development, IT and DevOPs teams. He was a cofounder of Kagi, an e-commerce company based in the San Franciso Bay Area where he worked on Payment systems for 15 years. He was one of the original team members of LoopPay (a.k.a SamsungPay Boston) where he was a Director of Security and Compliance for 5 years. When he is...

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.

Senior Principal Software Engineer

Stefano Stabellini serves as virtualization expert in a new dynamic team at Aporeto. Previously he was Senior Principal Software Engineer at Citrix, leading a team of Open Source engineers working on Xen Project. Stefano has been involved in Xen development since 2007, focusing on several different projects, spanning from Qemu to Xen and the Linux kernel. He created libxenlight in November 2009 and started the Xen port to ARM with virtualization extensions with Ian Campbell in 2011....

Chief Technology Officer

Eystein Stenberg has over 8 years of experience in security and systems management as a developer, a support engineer, a technical account manager, a product manager, and now CTO. He has been in the front lines of some of the largest production environments in various roles and has in-depth knowledge of the challenges in systems security in a real-world context.

Eystein has spoken at various conferences, including Internet of Things World, Embedded Linux Conference, Embedded Systems...

Open Source Content Lead

Deirdré Straughan helps technologies grow and thrive through marketing and community. Her product experience spans consumer apps and devices, cloud services and technologies, and kernel features, with an emphasis on open source. Her toolkit includes words, websites, blogs, communities, events, video, social, marketing, and more. She has written and edited technical books and blog posts, filmed and produced videos, and organized meetups, conferences, and conference talks. You can learn more...

Community Marketing Manager
Red Hat

Ruth Suehle manages the Community Leadership team in Red Hat's Open Source and Standards group, which supports upstream open source software communities. She also leads the Fedora Project's marketing team and is co-author of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O'Reilly, Dec. 2013). Previously an editor for Red Hat Magazine, she now leads discussions about open source principles as a moderator at opensource.com...

Assistant Professor
San Diego State University

I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State University. I study the long-term effects of human landuse decisions and the bidorectional feedbacks between humans and environments. I am particularly interest in early farming and pastoralism and how these first food producing socio-natural systems evolved over time. I use a combination of traditional archaeological and geoarchaeological approaches in connection with GIS, computational modeling, and computer simulation to...

Chief Technologist, West
Red Hat

Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist for the Western US at Red Hat, has over 20 years of experience in IT and Software. Since joining Red Hat in 2005, Chris has been architecting solutions for strategic customers and partners with a focus on emerging technologies including IaaS, PaaS, and DevOps. He started his career at Intel in IT and Managed Hosting followed by leadership roles in services and sales engineering at Loudcloud and Linux startups. Chris holds a Bachelors of Electrical...

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...

Presentation: Linux, I2C, and me
QWERTY Embedded Design
RHEL Developer Advocate
Red Hat, Inc

Langdon brings nearly 15 years experience in software development and systems architecture to his role as Red Hat's Developer and Platform Evangelist for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In his role as RHEL Evangelist, Langdon fights tirelessly for the users to bridge development agility with production stability. Prior to Red Hat, he held roles as a Chief Operating Officer at start up vrevo and as Principal of his own consulting firm, FishJump. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, US with his...

Presentation: OpenZFS Basics
Software Developer

George Wilson is a software engineer at Delphix where he works on filesystems for Delphix's database storage appliance. Most recently George has developed compressed arc, allocation throttle, single-copy arc, nop write feature, and enhancement for imablanced LUNs. Before joining Delphix, George was a senior member of the ZFS kernel development team at Sun Microsystems working on key features such as LUN expansion, Log Device removal, and Deduplication. He was also the tech lead for the...

QA Engineer

I'm a Quality Assurance Engineer for Puppet Labs, where I automate tests and develop testing infrastructure for puppet orchestrator, PCP, and PE core. I graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Computer Science in June 2016, where I worked as a Front-End Engineer for the OSU Open Source Lab. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, hiking, experiencing new things, and enjoying a wide variety of podcasts, tv shows, blogs, books, and other media.

You can see...

Presentation: Let's Fix The Internet

Xu Jizhe started to promote Free Software in China in 2005, to promote the Free Software technology, copyright issues, and the community culture, and to connect the Chinese community with the international community.

He joined the Elastos team in 2016 to support and help fund its development.

He worked as the technology head of Sina Mail, and the CTO of OKBUY.com. Then founded Diynova, a 3D printing and smart hardware design & manufacture company, and Lubangame, an online...

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...