Head of engineering

Mohammed is a community catalyst and a true open source believer and has contributed to various open source projects. He has helped to build many IT communities in Morocco and he currently works at Xhub, a DevOps software company as Head Of engineering.

Principal Data Architect/Cloud Architect
Presentation: Fedora 31 Highlights
Fedora Project

Fedora contributor, Linux sysadmin andDevOps engineer at Softtek and professor in the Free Software Master program at the University of Chihuahua. Certified Chef Developer and Kubernetes Administrator

Presentation: The Path to GitOps
Senior Software Development Engineer

Rami is the DevOps engineer on the Public Cloud team at Workday where he works on building, deploying and managing Workday services and infrastructure on AWS using Cloud Native technologies.

Software Engineering Manager
Facebook Inc.
OSU Open Source Lab

Lance Albertson is the Director for the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) (http://osuosl.org) and has been involved with the Gentoo Linux (http://gentoo.org) project as a developer and package maintainer since 2003. Since joining the OSUOSL in 2007, Lance has managed all of the hosting activities that the OSL provides for nearly 160 high-profile open source projects. He was promoted to Director in 2013 after being...

Helpdesk Technician / GLOBE Community Support
UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) / The GLOBE Program

Roller works at UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) on The GLOBE Program as part of the GLOBE Community Support Team. He prefers to use FreeBSD on his work laptop, which helps him do his job with ease. He spends most of his time helping people learn how to accomplish their goals using technology. He is an avid BSD user and Pythonista who enjoys learning all the amazing things he can do with BSD and Python to solve issues. He is a firm believer that one can learn anything...

Managing Director
Bareos GmbH & Co. KG

Maik Außendorf is a graduated mathematician and studied mathematics and informatics at the University of Münster, Westphalia. In his diploma thesis he focused on the implementation of an artificial neural network in C+ under Solaris and Linux. After his studies he worked as a SAP Consultant at Siemens AG in Colombia.
Between 1999 and 2003 he was Linux System Consultant and branch manager at Suse Linux AG. During this period he carried out Linux- based customer projects, starting from...


Professionally Joe has worked in Product Development for over 30 years starting out at Texas Instruments in the 1980s and now works for Schnieder Electric in the Industrial Automation R&D group creating control systems to automate Industrial facilities including Oil Refineries, Nuclear, and Coal Power Plants.

Joe began his Open Source contributions bringing mesh wireless networking to to the Amateur Radio community. In 2013, he established the first wireless hub site in Orange...

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...

The Mouth of OpenNMS
The OpenNMS Project

Tarus Balog has been involved in managing communications networks professionally since 1988, and unprofessionally since 1978 when he got his first computer - a TRS-80 from Radio Shack. Having worked as a network management consultant for many years, he was constantly frustrated in the lack of flexibility involved in commercial solutions such as OpenView and Tivoli, as well as shocked by their high prices. Looking for a better solution, he turned to open source and joined the OpenNMS project...


Lori joined her first Internet startup as a senior UNIX system administrator at a company that eventually went public. This got her hooked on the thrilling growth and success process and eventually she started an international executive consulting practice. In 2017 she co-founded the ShellCon infosec conference in Southern California and developed RaiseMe, a unique career development effort for nonprofits. RaiseMe has successfully helped people re-career into their first infosec engineering...

Kubernetes 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.

Product Owner
Target Corporation

Tarah Beyers is an ingenious and original problem solver. She empowers people to solve challenging problems that support Target's business and her community. As a product owner in Supply Chain Technology at Target Corporation, Tarah works with engineering teams to build and support Enterprise APIs and inventory replenishment systems. In addition to pursuing her passion for product, Tarah has spent the last 4 years studying and testing new solutions to improve leaky tech talent pipelines....

Sr. Staff Engineer

Dr. Malini Bhandaru leads open source IoT and Edge efforts at VMWare. She first worked on IoT long before it was called as such, delivering a remote monitoring and management system for deeply embedded devices with no public IP address. Over the span of two decades, at companies such as Intel, Verizon, Nuance, and various start-ups, she has worked on open source cloud software, processor power and performance, machine learning and AI, and early web applications. She has over 10 granted...

Production Engineer

Juan Pablo Daniel Borgna is a Production Engineer on the LogDevice team at Facebook. His team supported the development of this in house custom-built solution from it’s origin to production by being responsible of cluster operations, reliability, monitoring and capacity management. Juan is a hacker at heart, enjoys conferences and technical discussions. He is one of the founders of ekoparty security conference, the most important one in LATAM. Juan also likes llamas.

Marketing Manager

Marissa Bosché is a Marketing Manager for VMware Cloud Native Apps. Prior to VMware, she was a Marketing Manager at Heptio.

Presentation: Ahead in the Clouds
Senior Backend Engineer

Michelle is a Senior Backend Engineer at ChowNow, helping restaurants to improve their business so they can keep making great food. She has previously served as both an engineer and a manager for the last 7+ years in entertainment technology. She has worked tirelessly to help movies and television get made faster and cheaper, saving productions millions of dollars. A Philadelphia native, she has a background in Media Arts and is a self-taught Python developer. Michelle is now working to...

Director of Customer Support
Linux Academy

Veteran cook and chef turned Linux SysAdmin, Brandon has also worked deploying OpenStack builds for companies around the world. Currently, he is the Director of Customer Support for Linux Academy and an avid music trivia fan.

Technical Evangelist

After a couple decades on-call, Karen has developed a phobia of not getting enough sleep. She spends her spare time rendering puns in yarn, learning obscure fiber crafts, and tripping over cats.

Karen also has a blog, where she shares techniques, stories, and rants about running web services using DevOps principles, The Nightmare Before DevOps.

Principal Engineer

Chet is currently a Principal Enginee at Cisco focusing on delivery engineering for various k8s and container based products.

Chet has more than 20 years of experience working on interesting problems in IT. His career started at a VAR building computer and small business networks. Since then he has held a number of positions including the Director of Enterprise Unix Systems at the University of Southern California (which he graduated from in 2006) and Senior Systems Architect at...

Security Onion Solutions, LLC

Doug Burks started Security Onion in 2008 to provide a comprehensive platform for intrusion detection, network security monitoring, and log management. Today, Security Onion has over 800,000 downloads and is being used by organizations around the world to help monitor and defend their networks. In 2014, Doug started Security Onion Solutions LLC to help those organizations by providing training, professional services, and hardware appliances. Doug is a CEO, public speaker, teacher, former...

Product Manager
PlanetScale, Inc

Lucy Burns is a product manager at PlanetScale whose experience directing the evolving stages of PlanetScale's database-as-a-service product gives her a unique perspective on the engineering journey. Lucy is passionate about taking complex systems and turning them into easy-to-use products. When she’s not thinking about product management, she writes poetry, plans international adventures, and tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible.

Presentation: The DevOps Roast
Sr. Dir of Infrastructure
Good Money

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, IBM on OpenStack and BlueMix, and at GoDaddy bringing CI/CD and heavy automation to management of a 100,000+...

Amazon Web services

Thomas Cameron is an Open Source technologist with 27 years of experience. He's watched the information technology industry grow from PC servers and client/server architecture to distributed, to cloud computing. He's worked with technologies from Novell NetWare to Windows servers to Linux, and now the cloud. He is a senior solution architect at Amazon Web Services, and was previously a global technology evangelist at Red Hat.

Presentation: Trace events to pstore
General Software Inc

Frank Cancio is a software engineer and entrepreneur. Frank has been exposed during the last 20 years of his career to multiple programming languages and technologies such as ASM, C, C++, Python, C#, Linux Kernel, TCP/IP and most of the mainstream DBMS.

He has extensive experience working throughout the United States, South America, and the Caribbean, primarily through his current role as President of General Software Inc.

More recently, he started an Outreachy Linux Kernel...

Technical Specialist

Sean Carolan is a recovering system administrator. In the past Sean has worked as a Unix and Linux administrator for Electronic Arts and IBM. Nowadays you'll find him traveling, teaching and giving talks about devops and system automation.

When he's not in front of a computer, Sean enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking, yoga and swimming.

Free Software Developer
Aikidev, LLC

Vagrant Cascadian is a Debian Developer since 2010, maintaining
packages such as u-boot, arm-trusted-firmware, and opensbi.

Starting In 2015, Vagrant built a diverse ARM build farm out of a
variety of single board computers for the Reproducible Builds project,
which now rebuilds thousands 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...

Sales Engineer

Nathan has had three software/IT related careers: flight simulation, software test and security. He has worked in big corporations and small companies and in verticals such as defense and consulting. It took him some time to get familiar with the cyber / information security field and wants to help others get in and get spun up more quickly. He holds the CISSP and CEH certifications.

Before he got into security he worked for Link Simulation (now part of L3), Lockheed-Martin and Boeing...


Solomon is a MySQL certified DBA and a former director of LAMPSIG.
He works as a professional Database Administrator for Tivo in Alviso and is a co-author of the MySQL Cluster Certification Study Guide.

Presentation: Fedora 31 Highlights
Senior Software Engineer
Red Hat

Iván Chavero wrote his first programs in BASIC at the age of 10, promoter and developer of free software since 1997, he is a systems engineer from the Autonomous University of Chihuahua where he spent over 15 years managing high availability systems, he is currently Senior software engineer at Red Hat. Iván, actively contributes to several open source projects mostly related to OpenStack and cloud computing.

He is a founding member of the Chihuhaua's Linux user group and...

Principal Engineer

Murugappan Chetty is a principal engineer at Optum where he builds and maintains platforms using kubernetes, istio and knative. He also builds the tooling to make the process of deploying and observing applications simple. He currently leads the serverless track at optum where apart from hosting the platform , speaks at internal conferences on k8s, istio and serverless and evangelizes opensource cloud native solutions. Murugappan Chetty is an opensource enthusiast and a regular (audience)...

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...

Lead Database Consultant

Since the age of 10 I’ve always been passionate about computers. I’ve been working with them ever since. In 2005 I got my degree in computer science. I used to work at a major Belgian university where I was developing the e-learning applications. In that position, I was the one who looked after the databases. From there on I grew to be their MySQL DBA. In 2017 I left the university and joined Pythian as a MySQL Database Consultant. Currently I am the technical lead for my team of consultants...

Chief Agitator

Jon A. Cruz is a professional developer with over 20 years of experience, working extensively in multimedia, including programming and 3D art creation, and has developed for a wide variety of platforms. Work includes R&D for mobile and other devices, servers for large mail and messaging systems, enterprise security applications, and user interface design and development..

He had participated as a mentor in Google's Summer of Code since its first year with Inkscape and...

Presentation: What's new in Sudo 1.9
open source evangelist
One Identity

Peter is a system engineer working as evangelist at One Identity, 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.


Pat David is a member of the GIMP  team who has written extensively about using GIMP for photo processing (along with other software and techniques).

A few years ago he found the community and resources lacking for doing photography with Free Software. What was available was low-effort and low-quality mostly. In an attempt to address this, he created PIXLS.US...

Head of Developer Advocacy
Redis Labs
Ops Wizard

Matt has a passion for exploring the relationships between the artistic mind and operating distributed computer architectures, with experience in a wide variety of fields including data center operations, storage, distributed data, and site reliability. He contributes this operational expertise to building Verica's Continuous Verification platform, taking every opportunity to both learn and teach about Resilience. In addition to embracing Complex Systems and Chaos Engineering, Matt...

Senior Consultant

Zeke Dean is a Senior Consultant at Instaclustr, which provides a managed service platform for open source technologies. He has numerous years of experience building big data systems for enterprises all over the world -- from banks in the Middle East to major publishing houses in the United States. Zeke now works with businesses to solve their messaging, streaming, and integration requirements using Kafka. He is based in Silicon Valley.

Developer Advocate
Red Hat

Jason is a Developer Advocate at Red Hat. For close to 20 years, Jason has worked in the software industry developing in a variety of languages, including Python, Java, and Go. In addition to his career as an engineer, he is also an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University, currently teaching Software Engineering and Senior Projects. When not sitting at a computer, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing video games, and working out.

Chief Instructor

Darren has 20 years of professional experience as a technology professional. His experience includes 10 years of developing and delivering software development, information technology, and project management training programs. As an independent technology consultant he implements software solutions to solve business problems for clients across multiple industries and also runs PostgresCourse.com.

CloudWhiz Inc.

Florian has worked for 10 years for various Fortune 500 companies as a software-architect, trainer and mentor. In 2008 he built the infrastructure for a startup in Los Angeles. He was infected by the cloud virus and has not yet recovered.

DevOps Engineer
Mozilla Corporation

edunham is inspired by a childhood dream of replacing humans with shell scripts, and has found that Linux systems administration is the best career field for realizing that goal. Hobbies include travel, gardening, drive-by patches to obscure open source projects, and filng issues against public repositories that lack licensing information.

Senior DevOps Engineer

FreeBSD die-hard, software developer, author, educator, HubbleStack creator, man behind BastilleBSD. I build cool stuff.

Presentation: Command Line Efficiency
Production Engineer

Simon Elmir started using Linux in the early 00's, building his early skills on computers built from hand-me-down machines and scavenged parts. He's worked as a sysadmin in places like computer labs, datacenters, and web hosting companies. Most recently, Simon works as a Production Engineer on infrastructure for artificial intelligence systems at Facebook.

Technologist For Hire
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...

Software Engineer

Peter Farr is a software engineer working at PlanetScale on their proprietary and open source Kubernetes Operators, and core Vitess. He has a deep passion for building loosely coupled software solutions that scale, and is a huge fan of Rust, Golang, Kubernetes, and Vitess.

Lukas' work is focused on making distributed databases easier to use, working with Citus on the Citus Cloud offering. He is also the author of activerecord-multi-tenant, a Ruby library that enables easy scaling for multi-tenant applications.

He has contributed multiple tools to the PostgreSQL ecosystem, such as pg_query and pganalyze. He has spoken about his work at conferences like PGConf US and Strangeloop. Initially from Austria, he's previously been in the Founding Team...

OSS Strategist

Dawn works on open source strategy and Kubernetes at Pivotal in London. She has expertise in community building, strategy, open source software, metrics, and more. She is passionate about bringing people together through a combination of online communities and real-world events along with analyzing the data associated with participation in developer and open source communities. Dawn is on the Governing Board of the Linux Foundation’s CHAOSS project and is a maintainer for the Diversity and...


Developer Advocate with 15+ years experience consulting for many different customers, in a wide range of contexts (such as telecoms, banking, insurances, large retail and public sector). Usually working on Java/Java EE and Spring technologies, but with focused interests like Rich Internet Applications, Testing, CI/CD and DevOps. Currently working for Hazelcast. Also double as a teacher in universities and higher education schools, a trainer and triples as a book author.

Product Architect

Tess Gadwa is founder and product architect at Lotus.fm, a music and information discovery startup.

In January 2011, Tess launched Yes Exactly Inc., specializing in rapid deployment of high quality custom sites and apps for creative professionals, early stage startups, and community organizations. Her company incorporated in December 2012 and continues to serve customers in Massachusetts and across the United States.

She led the push to release Zappen ®, the first fully...

Morgan writes documentation for services used by millions of people every day, pretends to be a fox on the internet, and spends far too much time on terrible jokes.

Matthew Garrett is a Linux kernel developer, specialising in low level interactions between the kernel and firmware. He's represented Red Hat on the UEFI and ACPI specification bodies and has some unfortunate pains in his liver as a result. Please do not ask him about fruitflies.

Presentation: Introducing IEEE SA Open
Open Source Community Manager

Joshua Gay is the IEEE Open Source Community Manager at the IEEE Standards Association. He has over 20 years of experience working with the free and open source software world, including roles as advocate, developer, licensing and compliance manager, communications director, and community manager. Joshua has a strong background in both nonprofit organizational management and textbook publishing. Before joining IEEE, he served as the campaigns manager and later as the licensing and compliance...

Executive Director
FreeBSD Foundation

Deb is the Executive Director of the FreeBSD Foundation, joining as the first employee back in August, 2005. Prior to that, she spent two decades working as an embedded firmware engineer, technical marketer, and technical sales engineer in the data storage industry, before venturing in the world of open source and operating systems. She's now spending more time learning about operating systems and integrating more of her day-to-day Foundation work running on a FreeBSD system. Besides...

Co-founder, CEO

Tanmai is the co-founder of hasura.io, an open-source engine that gives developers instant realtime GraphQL APIs and event-sourcing on Postgres. Tanmai has been active in the cloud-native, postgres & GraphQL community, is a frequent speaker at related international conferences and is the author of https://3factor.app. 3factor an architectural pattern for building scalable and resilient backends with GraphQL, event-sourcing and serverless.

He is a...

Product Engineer
System 76

Currently working at System76 as a Product Design Engineer for the Thelio Product line. New to the open source world as a recent transplant from small batch prototype machine design. Most recent professional experience was with a chemical research firm designing and building one off material processing equipment for battery technologies.
Education was at CU Denver/Boulder with an emphasis on sports engineering. Pet projects are building bicycles from scratch, motorcycles, and travel....

Palisades Charter High School
Tech Evangelist

Waldo is a Tech Evangelist for Datadog, which means that he gets to travel and meet people, and advocate on their behalf. He is a recovering SRE and Operations Engineer, has been active in the DevOps community for quite some time, and is keen on helping organizations stop hurting themselves. Despite being a raging introvert, he enjoys public speaking. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting hobbies that he doesn't have the time to engage in. He hates writing about himself in the...

Presentation: You Can’t Buy DevOps
DevOps Advocate

Julie Gunderson is a DevOps Advocate at PagerDuty, where she works to further the adoption of DevOps best practices and methodologies. She has been actively involved in the DevOps space for over five years and is passionate about helping individuals, teams and organizations understand how to leverage DevOps and develop amazing cultures. Julie has delivered talks at conferences such as DevOpsDays, Velocity, Agile Conf, OSCON and more, as well as being community moderator at opensource.com....

Software engineer
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: Tuning Linux for MongoDB
Customer Data Engineer
Object Rocket

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, Tübix...

Presentation: Workshop: Ansible 101
VMware - Open Source 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...

Production Engineer

I am a Production Engineer at Facebook, currently specializing in the provisioning, management, and user experience of the client devices our employees use on a daily basis.

Sr. Software Engineer

After completing his M.Sc. in Mathematics at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany, Federico has worked as a Software Engineer for several companies. Mostly in Sweden. He currently works at Meltwater in Gothenburg, Sweden, as a Sr. Software Engineer focusing on Infrastructure and Kubernetes - providing it as a Service to internal engineering teams.

Opensource.com community architect
Red Hat

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager designing programs for people to participate in communities. His current role involves building community interest for #EnableSysadmin--a watering hole for system administrators. He is the author of...

Project Leader

Developer for most of his life and open source enthusiast and advocate for big part of it. Over the time involved in openSUSE and Gentoo communities, activelly participating on various local events and even cofounded the biggest opensource conference in Czech republic. Started his profesional career at SUSE and during whole his career worked on open source projects. Interest in various hardware gadgets brought him to his current job where he is leading a team of amazing people making open...

Presentation: Workshop: Kubernetes 101
Open Source Advocate
Red Hat

Ryan Jarvinen is an Open Source Advocate at Red Hat, focusing on improving developer experience in the container community. He lives in Sacramento, 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.

Developer Advocate

Elizabeth K. Joseph is a Developer Advocate at IBM focused on IBM Z (mainframes!). Previously, she spent time working on Apache Mesos, and 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...

Palisades Charter High School

You can do this later

Staff Engineer 2
VMware, Inc.
Presentation: Extending containerd
Senior Software Development Engineer
Amazon Web Services

Samuel Karp is a Senior Software Development Engineer at Amazon Web Services, working on the Container Services team. For the past five years, Sam has helped build and operate Amazon Elastic Container Service and AWS Fargate. Sam currently works on firecracker-containerd, an open-source project that bridges the container ecosystem with virtual machine technology for increased isolation. Sam has been a Linux enthusiast since 2004 and a container enthusiast since 2014.

Senior Technical Writer/Developer Advocate
Pachyderm, Inc
Presentation: Trace events to pstore

Nachammai is a software developer and in the past had work with Oracle on Database embedded JVM (OJVM) and prior to that, was with Hewlett Packard where she worked on OpenVMS compiler frontend and dabbled in GEM backend.

Currently, she is doing Outreachy Linux kernel internship and as part of it, working on storing trace events to persistent memory in a scalable way so that they can be recovered after a kernel crash.  

Director of Cloud Engineering & Growth
Crunchy Data

Jonathan S. Katz is the Director of Cloud Engineering & Growth at Crunchy Data, the leading provider of trusted open source PostgreSQL technology, support, and training. Jonathan is also responsible for advocacy efforts of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group and is a board member of the nonprofit United States PostgreSQL Association.

Prior to Crunchy Data, Jonathan was CTO at VenueBook, and before that, VP of Technology at Paperless Post. At both companies Jonathan developed...

Assistant Professor
University of St. Thomas

Abe Kazemzadeh is an Assistant Professor in the University of St. Thomas Graduate Programs in Software department. His undergraduate interest in linguistics led him to graduate studies in computer science that focused on natural language processing and a career that has included research and software engineering in speech recognition, voice and text dialog systems, sentiment and demographic analysis of social media, social network analytics, and extracting machine-learned signals from...

Ben Kero is an engineer and avid tinkerer. He attended Oregon State University and spent way too much time at OSU's Open Source Lab as a community system administrator. He has been running Linux on his desktop and servers continuously since 2006, fixing systems when they break and relishing in the delight of when they don't. By now he should have run into every bug possible, and found ways of fixing most of them. By way of a day job he is a Senior Devops Engineer at Brave Software...

Research Cloud Administrator
University of Michigan

Bob is a Research Cloud Administrator with the Advanced Research Computing Technology Services (ARC-TS) group at the University of Michigan. He has been with the University for more than 15 years, serving in various capacities within the Health System and ARC-TS. As a Cloud Native Computing Foundation Ambassador, Bob has worked towards improving High Performance Computing, Machine Learning, and other Computational Research initiatives by integrating them with Cloud Native practices and...

Leader, Project Management
Nordstromrack.com | HauteLook

Bryna's desire to make it better for people in technology to work together - and find happiness in their careers - has led her from Agile to DevOps to Humanizing Work. She currently serves as a Project Management Leader @ Nordstrom, helping brands and people work together to reliably deliver the right work at the right time. She is the Co-founder and Co-chair of DevOpsDayLA, an annual conference co-located at Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE), and Founder of the first DevOps...

Presentation: A nicer numpy
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dima is a long-time user and contributor to various Free Software projects. He lives in the shell inside Emacs on his Debian box, and is constantly looking for ways to save keystrokes. He plays with robotics tools during the day, and tries to give away as much of his work as possible.

privacyIDEA project

Cornelius is into multi factor authentication since 2004. He is the project lead of the MFA system privacyIDEA.

As a consultant he learnt to unterstand customers requirements in heterogenous networks. He planned and implemented several PKIs for smartcard usage and was one of the first to work on the interoperability of the Aladdin eToken.

In 2006 he started one of the the first open source one time password systems. In 2009 he initiated an enterprise OTP solution. In 2014 he...

Staff Software Research Engineer
CEO and consultant
Data Egret

Ilya Kosmodemiansky is a CEO and co-founder at Data Egret. A consultancy specializing in PostgreSQL migration, maintenance and support.
Ilya has a broad experience working with PostgreSQL as consultant, architect and administrator. His main focus is database performance and optimization. He sees the mission of PostgreSQL in substituting the commercial databases in high-performance mission-critical applications.

His interests are promoting PostgreSQL as enterprise-ready database...

Co-founder and board member
BeagleBoard.org Foundation

Jason Kridner is a software architecture manager for embedded processors at Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). A 25-year veteran of TI, Kridner is also a founder of the BeagleBoard.org Foundation, maintainer of open-source development tools such as BeagleBoard, -xM, -X15, BeagleBone, Black, Blue, and the new ultra-tiny and ultra-low-cost PocketBeagle. Kridner participates in numerous coding and open-source mentoring/education efforts, including serving as an administrator for BeagleBoard....

Tempesta Technologies Inc

Alexander is the CEO of Tempesta Technologies, Inc., and is the architect of Tempesta FW, a high performance open source Linux application delivery controller. Alexander is responsible for the design and performance of several products in the areas of network traffic processing and databases. He designed the core architecture of a Web application firewall, mentioned in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, and MariaDB system versioning.

Policy Fellow and Hacker-in-Residence
Software Freedom Conservancy

Bradley M. Kuhn is the Policy Fellow and Hacker-in-Residence at Software Freedom Conservancy and editor-in-chief of copyleft.org. Kuhn began his work in the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, as an early adopter of Linux-based systems and contributor to Perl. He worked during the 1990s as a system administrator and software developer. Kuhn's non-profit career began...

Database Engineer
Zalando SE

During his professional career, Alexander touched PostgreSQL from all possible sides: as a Web Developer, as System Administrator, and as a Database Engineer now. About four years ago he started working on Patroni project and achieved quite a big success with it. Nowadays Patroni is used in the heart of PostgreSQL-as-a-Service on Kubernetes at Zalando to run 1000+ clusters. Besides that, Alexander periodically reports bugs and contributes patches to PostgreSQL and some other open-source...

Presentation: Surf and L(earn)
Palisades Charter High School

Stuart Langridge does consultancy and custom development for the web, mobile web, and Ubuntu. Code, writings, and business details (and the occasional rant) are to be found at http://kryogenix.org and @sil on Twitter; Stuart is to be found outside in the rain looking for the smoking area.


Tom is an artist who has been using and making various open source tools to help produce his artwork for almost 20 years. For instance, he created desktop publishing software called Laidout to produce his comic books, and is now exploring the many aspects of video game production. He is based in Portland, Oregon, USA.


I love Coding, I grew up in a small town in Chile and one weekend, 16 years ago, I had the flu and could not go out. I decided to learn how to code in Python and that was the beginning of the road that would moved us all to the Northern California so that I could join the Production Engineering team at Instagram. Also like eating, drinking and cooking (in that order).

Software Engineer

Julien is a software engineer working at Containous in the TraefikEE and Maesh team. His special interest is in deploying applications scalable by using cloud and container technologies.

Ben is a hacker with a habit of collecting side projects, including network administration for his local hackerspace. Over the past few years, he's been biking around the Pacific Northwest and experimenting with different network technologies, working to make more reliable and more capable networks possible for everyone.

Director of Sales

Georg's mission in life is to make open source more professional in its use of community metrics and analytics. As an Open Source Strategist, Georg co-founded the Linux Foundation CHAOSS Project to advance analytics and metrics for open source project health. Georg has 14 years experience as an active contributor to several open source projects and has presented on open source topics at 18+ conferences. Georg has an MBA and a Ph.D. in Information Technology. As the Director of Sales at...

Director, Technical Alliances

Mark has 30 years of experience working with Advanced Analytic, Distributed Computing and Data platforms. He works at MemSQL as the Director of Technical Alliances, focused on helping customers leverage modern Operational and Analytic capabilities to achieve a competitive advantage. Mark has a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and also holds a Six Sigma Black Belt.


CEO at Bitergia, one of company's shareholders and a free, open source software development communities passionate. Graduated Industrial Engineer with research and development experience in the Technological Center for Computer Science and Communications of the Principality of Asturias (CTIC), W3C working groups, Ándago Engineering, Continua Health Alliance. Former Spanish Open Source Enterprises Association (ASOLIF) manager, and expert consultant for the National Open Source Reference...

PostgreSQL Developer
Postgres Professional

Anastasia is a PostgreSQL contributor, focusing on optimizing indexing, storage, and backup solutions.
She has been developing PostgreSQL since the 2014 Google Summer of Code internship. Also, Anastasia has experience in mentoring and teaching about databases and DBMS internals.

Product Management Director
Red Hat

Federico Lucifredi is the Product Management Director for Ceph Storage at Red Hat and a co-author of O'Reilly's "Peccary Book" on AWS System Administration. Previously, he was the Ubuntu Server product manager at Canonical, where he oversaw a broad portfolio and the rise of Ubuntu Server to the rank of most popular OS on Amazon AWS. A software engineer-turned-manager at the Novell corporation, he was part of the SUSE Linux team, overseeing the update lifecycle and...

Acquisitions Editor
Pragmatic Bookshelf

Brian MacDonald has been an editor of technical publications for over 20 years, and currently acquires new projects for Pragmatic Bookshelf. For most of that time, he ran his own business, with clients including O’Reilly, Pragmatic, Wiley, Apress, Wrox, Osborne, and Manning. He also spent a few years as a technical writer at Microsoft. He has co-authored two editions of Learning C# and Learning ASP.NET for O’Reilly. He lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and son. You can follow...

Principal Security Strategist

Tim Mackey is a technology evangelist for XenServer and CloudPlatform within the Citrix Open Source Business Office and focused on server virtualization and cloud orchestration technical competencies. He joined Citrix through the Reflectent acquisition in 2006, and served as architect and developer for Citrix EdgeSight; an end user experience performance monitoring solution. In 2007, Mr. Mackey became technical product manager for the EdgeSight product line and then in 2009 product manager...

Technical Evangelist
Ell Marquez

Ell Marquez has been part of the open-source family for a few years now. In this time, she has found the support needed from her mentorship relationships to grow from a Linux Administrator to an OpenStack technical trainer at Rackspace. Recently, she took the leap to join Linux Academy as a technical evangelist.

Aloodo Project

Don Marti has written for Linux Weekly News, Linux Journal, and other publications. Don co-founded the Linux and web consulting firm Electric Lichen, which he and business partner Jim Gleason later sold to VA Linux Systems. Don has served as president and vice president of the Silicon Valley Linux Users Group and on the program committees for Uselinux, Codecon, and LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. He was a key organizer for Windows Refund Day, Burn All GIFs Day, FreedomHEC, and the movement...

MySQL Principal Solutions Engineer
Software Engineer

Jon Mason is a Software Engineer with nearly 20 years experience in the industry. Jon joined Arm in October 2018 with his sole purpose being to make all Arm aspects of Yocto/OE as awesome as possible. Most recently, he was employed at Broadcom performing a variety of tasks including Linux kernel bring-up on new Arm SoCs, enabling hardware in u-boot, and porting Zephyr to a new Arm Cortex-A based SoC. Much of this development was done in the Yocto environment, which provided Jon a good...

Presentation: Seeing RED
Community and Dev Guy

At Splunk, Dave works with DevOps, developers and architects to realize the advantages of modern microservice architectures and orchestration in distributed systems, especially for today's fast-moving cycles.

Dave has been a champion for open systems and open source from the early days of Linux to today's world of clouds and containers. He speaks on topics such as the real-world issues associated with emerging software architectures and practices. Currently, his driving interests is...


Jessica McKellar is a founder and the CTO of Pilot, a bookkeeping firm powered by software. Previously, she was a founder and the VP of Engineering for a real-time collaboration startup acquired by Dropbox, where she then served as a Director of Engineering. Before that, she was a computer nerd at MIT who joined her friends at Ksplice, a company building a service for rebootless kernel updates on Linux that was acquired by Oracle.

Open source meets criminal justice reform in Jessica’...

Developer Advocate | Jenkins X

Oscar Medina has over 20 years in the technology sector. Oscar’s experience dates back to the Dotcom boom era, where he managed eCommerce sites based on UNIX and written in Java. He is an advocate for DevOps practices with a focus on cloud-agnostic tools and modern frameworks. Oscar’s software development coupled with cloud infrastructure (Dev and Ops) has been instrumental in helping companies realize the benefits of cloud solutions by mentoring teams in migrating legacy monolithic...

Senior Member Technical Staff
VMware, Inc.

Software Engineer and Manager at VMware, Inc.

Presentation: Make Python Great Again

Carlos Meza has gone from sysadmin to developer. At Verizon, he managed large scale infrastructure for the EdgeCast CDN. As an SRE for Everbridge, he was responsible for systems that provided real-time alerting for those in life-threating situations. At Disney, he has developed tools for auditing for compliance and security.

Carlos is a long-time member of the SGV Linux User Group; runs the Software Engineering Meetup in Los Angeles; mentors at Girls Who Code.

For fun, he...

Presentation: What's new in Sudo 1.9

Todd has been involved in Open Source since the early 90s and has contributed to various projects such as ISC cron, OpenBSD, Sendmail and Sudo. He is best known as the Sudo maintainer for the past 25 years.

Presentation: Rock the Cashbox

Joe is a security researcher who loves to experiment with embedded devices, signals, and really anything with electrical signals. He lives in a server room and would love to be let out from time to time. When not stuck in a server room or being electrocuted he also dabbles with cloud research. He is currently a full time student at California Polytechnic Pomona.

Member of Technical Staff
VMware, Inc.

Venil is a Software Engineer with the Network and Security Business Unit at VMware, Inc. He contributes to the NSX Service Mesh product and upstream to projects like Istio, Envoy Proxy, etc. He is very passionate about Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing, Microservices, Software Architecture, and Open Source Software.

Head of Open Source

I help companies become good members of the open source community.

Polytechnic School

Hi, my name is Ikenna Ogbogu, and I am currently a sophmore at Polytechnic. Although I have shown a strong passion for computational thinking and programming since 7th grade, I enjoy playing the alto saxophone and multimedia art. I accredit my argumentative personality to my eagerness for debate, which Is why I'm on my schools policy debate team. Currently, I explore my questions related to web development, computational theory, and programming in my AP Conputer Science class. My teacher, Mr...

Sr. Dir. Systems Engineering

Heather Osborn, Sr. Director Systems Engineering, Ticketmaster

Heather Osborn has been working in technology as a system and operations engineer for the last 25 years. Although not common in the tech world, she's stayed with Ticketmaster for the last 21 years through the various incarnations - partly because of multiple technology reinventions and unique challenges, and partly because she wants to see what will happen next. She's looking forward to the next generation.


Presentation: Intro to Git
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 SoftIron, a Silicon Valley startup making the world's finest appliances for the data center, including scale-out storage hardware running Ceph. 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...

Community Manager

Ray is a Community Manager at GitLab where he is helping to grow the community of contributors to GitLab. Prior to GitLab, Ray was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) community since its launch in 2014. He has over 15 years of experience in the high-tech industry in roles ranging from software engineer, product manager, program manager, account manager, and team lead at companies such as EDS, Intel, Linux Foundation, and Medallia.

Ray lives in...

Presentation: Secrets Management
DevOps Engineer

Murriel is an engineer by trade, and has held many other roles in tech throughout her career, including systems administrator, IT Manager, and freelance technology services consultant, across industries ranging from manufacturing to Virtual Reality to IoT.

An avid volunteer, Murriel previously served as managing director of Girls in Tech LA, and has organized many technology and mentorship events with various non-profit and community organizations. In addition to being a tech...


Paris is a Program Manager in Google's Open Source Programs Office focusing on the upstream Kubernetes Community. She is a member of the Kubernetes Steering Committee, co-chair of the special interest group for Contributor Experience, and an organizer of Bay Area Kubernetes Meetup with 4,000 members. She has 16 years of professional experience in community management, attracting and retaining engineering talent for open source organizations, and technical event planning. She has been...


Pep has a broad experience in several database platforms, but in recent years he has focused on MySQL. His work abides by the motto of Mission Control at NASA: “Tough and competent”. Tough means you are accountable for what you do or fail to do, it means compromise and responsibility. Competent means that you take nothing for granted and you must never be found short in knowledge and skills. This is how Pep feels and lives database management. He is also interested in applying Lean culture...

Security Analyst
Independent Security Evaluators

Hacks stuff. Internet dragon. Engineer. Breaks things for money. Tells people they're wrong.

Security Analyst for ISE.

Presentation: Make Books Great Again
No Starch Press

Bill Pollock founded No Starch Press in 1994 and the company has been going strong ever since. One of a handful of independent tech book publishers, No Starch Press just finished its best year ever in 2019 and is growing its list significantly in 2020. The company continues its emphasis on making the books that geeks, hackers, and nerds care about. No Starch Press is always looking for new, passionate authors. Write to their editors at editors@nostarch....

Solution Architect

Francis is a Solution Architect at GitLab, where he helps customers understand the product, extract the most value from it, and ultimately love it. He started coding at age 10 and his entrepreneurial zeal kicked in with his first paying client at 16. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, he embarked on a varied career that included VP of Engineering at a marketing automation startup, product management at a Content Delivery Network, and many freelance application projects....

Field Engineer
Buoyant, Inc.

Charles Pretzer is a field engineer at Buoyant, where he spends his time collaborating and engaging with the open source community of the CNCF service mesh, Linkerd. He also enables production level adoption by helping companies integrate Linkerd into their Kubernetes based applications. Charles has spoken at meetups and conferences hosted by ABN Amro, Macnica, and NGINX Conf. When he's not presenting or in front of a computer, he's riding a motorcycle or making a delicious mess in...

Software Developer

Dad, cyclist, software developer.
After graduating the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt with a Masters degree in computer science I started working at uib gmbh.
Here I am responsible for large parts of the netboot process of opsi. In addition I also work in the backend with my colleagues.

Apart from work I am a passionate road-bike cyclist. Getting to my own physical and mental limits is what inspires me.

Engineering Manager

Shah is the Engineering Lead at Facebook Connectivity, where he manages the Cellular Technology team to bring more people online by enabling operators and service providers with open, flexible and extensible carrier-grade cellular systems. His team is developing the distributed packet core technology, called Magma that Facebook open sourced at Mobile World Congress’19.

Prior to Facebook, Shah was an Engineering Director at Ericsson and led the NFV platform team for EPC gateways (vEPG...

Principal Security Engineer
NVIDIA Corporation

Binu Ramakrishnan is a principal security engineer at NVIDIA, where he is responsible for the end to end security of the GPU cloud platform used for running DL workloads. Previously, Binu has worked at Yahoo for ten years, leading product security engineering and engagement programs and built Internet-scale secure systems. As an avid coder, he has authored and open sourced various security related tools. Binu is also the co-author of IETF RFCs (8460 and 8461) related email security.

Chief Security Officer

Kyle Rankin is Chief Security Officer at Purism; the author of Linux Hardening in Hostile Networks, DevOps Troubleshooting, The Official Ubuntu Server Book, and Knoppix Hacks, among other books. Rankin was an award-winning columnist and tech editor for Linux Journal, and speaks frequently on Open Source software including at SCALE, FOSDEM, O'Reilly Security Conference, Linux Fest NorthWest, BSidesLV, CactusCon, OSCON, Linux World Expo, and Penguicon.

Production Engineer
Chief Architect
Perforce Software

Justin has over 20 years’ experience working in various software roles and is an outspoken free software evangelist, delivering enterprise solutions and community education on databases, integration work, architecture, and technical leadership. He is currently the Chief Architect at OpenLogic by Perforce.

Technical Evangelist

Rob Richardson is a software craftsman building web properties in ASP.NET and Node, React and Vue. He’s a Microsoft MVP, published author, frequent speaker at conferences, user groups, and community events, and a diligent teacher and student of high quality software development. You can find this and other talks on his blog at https://robrich.org/presentations and follow him on twitter at @rob_rich.

Presentation: Fedora 31 Highlights

I motivate, mobilize, and connect cross-functional teams with technical solutions and support and provide customer-focused Computer Professional services with System Administrator experience in commercial and non-profit industries.

I deliver system, network, and security support in a wide variety of business and home environments. I partner with clients for training and end-developer support efforts, especially in the areas of configuration management, operating system integration...

Acccomplished Data Scientist

Mark Roden is an Accomplished Data Scientist at Ticketmaster, where he is the data science lead for the fraud group. In this capacity, he leads a team of data scientists to find the needles in the haystack that are the fraudulent transactions that lead to chargebacks from fans. Mark has worked at Ticketmaster for several years, where he has lead efforts in managing traffic bursts into ticket sales, recommendations across the entire Ticketmaster and Live Nation customer base, and abuse...

Open Source Engineer
VMware, Inc

Steven started working on the Linux kernel in 1998, and become a professional (paid) kernel developer in 2001. He's one of the original authors of the PREEMPT_RT patch, that turns Linux into a hard real-time OS, and is also the original creator and current maintainer of Ftrace, the official tracer of the Linux kernel. Steven is still very active in developing new features for Linux as well as getting involved in the community. Steven has given over 80 talks around the world, has been on...

Pali Charter HS
Director of Data Architecture

Alexander currently works as a director of data architecture for VirtualHealth (medical startup). Alexander worked with MySQL since 2000 as DBA and Application Developer. Alexander was working as MySQL principal consultant/architect for over 12 years, started with MySQL AB in 2006 (company behind MySQL database), Sun Microsystems, Oracle and then Percona. He helped many customers design large, scalable and highly available MySQL systems, optimize MySQL performance and improve MySQL security...

Karen Rucker is an RF engineer in the aerospace industry and a General Class ham. She is passionate about antennas and space communication. Previously, Karen was a 2017 Brooke Owens Fellow at HawkEye 360, working with software defined radio and RF-based analytics and geolocation, and has also worked at NASA Kennedy Space Center and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. She graduated in 2019 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University with a focus in RF and microwave design.

Sr. Staff SRE
Twitter Inc.

Brian is an SRE at Twitter where he works on Core Services and all the things they touch (so pretty much everything). Often that means just trying to ensure all the different services and people get along together.
He has been administering Linux systems for over two decades.

Production Engineer
Presentation: Righting a Sinking Ship
Developer Advocate

Laura loves to learn and explain how things work. She bridges the gap between external developers and SREs and internal engineering teams. Prior to LogDNA, Laura worked as a software developer at Rackspace where, among other things, she owned Deconst, an open-source documentation delivery platform, and MC’ed Rackspace’s internal technical conference. Apart from work, she helps host tech Meetups, taught Python for Women Who Code Austin, and volunteers with DevOpsDays Austin. Outside of tech,...

Andreas Scherbaum is working with PostgreSQL since 1997. He is involved in several PostgreSQL related community projects, member of the Board of Directors of the European PostgreSQL User Group and also wrote a PostgreSQL book (in German).
Since 2011 he is working for EMC/Greenplum/Pivotal and tackles very big databases.

Senior Data Systems Consultant
Sound Data

Jennifer started Sound Data in 2008 after ten years building research databases at the University of Washington. She has built a wide variety of data systems for clients in science and engineering. She holds a MS from the University of Washington and is a certified Oracle Applications Developer.

Lead Education Engineer

Ryan Schneider is a lead education engineer at VMware in the cloud native business. He has a passion for architecture and building great systems and is excited about the cloud native movement that the Kubernetes community is driving. Previously, he worked at Heptio, as a backend and distributed system engineer in companies both large and small, and as an adjunct professor in the Software Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). After years of software...

Lead Engineer, Quay
Red Hat

Joey Schorr is a lead software engineer on the Quay.io team at Red Hat. Before being acquired by CoreOS in Summer of 2014, Joey was cofounder of DevTable, a company he started after leaving Google to focus on building a web-based IDE.

Engineering team lead

Simone has worked with large scale distributed systems for the last 10+ years, from online gaming to data intensive applications. In the last couple of years he has been focusing on building a Kubernetes platform to accelerate the development teams in Meltwater. In his spare time, while not riding a Ducati on a race track he practices the fine art of tsundoku.

Editor, DITA architect, photographer, and all-around nerd.

Computer Science Professor / Youtube Vlogger SysAdmGirl
Santa Monica College

Vicky “Tanya” Seno is a Computer Science Professor at Santa Monica College, in Los Angeles California. At SMC she teaches numerous Amazon Web Services courses covering Computing Services, Containers, Kubernetes, EKS, ECS, Serverless, Networking and Security. Since accepting a faculty position at SMC in 2018, Vicky has helped develop an AWS Cloud Computing College Degree. She is also a co-organizer of AWS Cloud Day Conference at SMC that includes AWS speakers, AWS workshops and an AWS CTF...

Librecast Project

Brett is a hacker, entrepreneur and technologist, working at the intersection of human rights and technology, particularly in the areas of privacy and Internet decentralisation.

He lives with his wife on a little farm in central France where he drives tractors, does strange things with IPv6 and multicast, and studies foreign languages.

Brett is concerned that our Internet is under threat from Criminals, Corporations and Governments, and is trying to do something about it. If...

Site Reliability Engineer
Yelp, Inc.
Senior Software Engineer
Red Hat

Jeffrey's primary role at Red Hat involves developing and maintaining the CI system used to gauge product health for the OpenShift Dedicated platform. When not poking holes at test plans, he can usually be found working on upstream Kubernetes in various sub-projects or posting an unhealthy amount of GIFs on Twitter.

Software Engineer

I'm currently a software engineer at Justworks, a start up builds an online platform to handle payroll and payments procedure, benefits facilities, and compliance issues of businesses. Currently on the Internal Tools team, which serves internal operations and engineers, I work on transforming the workflows and increasing the efficiency of my teammates. Coding by day and also a dog-sitter by day because of how many cute pups there are in the office.

Enterprise Data Architect

Mike Sofen is the enterprise data architect at Illumina, the world leader in DNA sequencing and genomics research technology solutions and a company that generates exabytes of genomic data and petabytes of corporate, operational, and manufacturing data. His current role at Illumina involves strategic data technology architectures, data and semantic unification, and technical database engineering solutions spanning many platforms. Prior to Illumina, Mike was a data and solutions architect-...

Flight Software Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Many years ago amongst the snow drifts and tundra of the great frozen north, Michael Starch earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. Leaving his beloved homeland behind, he started a career at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in sunny Pasadena. He has remained there ever since working as a developer, operator, and engineer on a myriad of projects and missions. He also mentors at San Marino High School on Fridays.

Over the years, Michael has...

Slow And Steady Media

At 18, Sha was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for assault with a firearm, a crime that left a person critically injured. He ultimately served 18 years in the California state prison system before his sentence was commuted by Governor Jerry Brown in August of 2018 and he was released.

While in prison, Sha committed himself to change—immersing himself in multiple self-help groups that dealt specifically with accountability and remorse, and meeting with survivors of crime, which...

MySQL Community Manager

Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager for Oracle and previously was the Certification Manager for MySQL AB. He has worked at companies ranging alphabetically from the American Heart Association to Xerox, has three college degrees, enjoys riding his Honda Goldwing motorcycle, lives in North Texas, and started with UNIX in the Version 7 days.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Spencer Sullivan was taken on as one of two interns at JPL in the Fall of 2019 to improve the publicly view-able documentation on HySDS (the Hybrid cloud Science Data System), an open source data processing system. Over the course of 4 months, he worked directly with the team, his staff mentor, and his partner intern to develop the HySDS wiki. He is currently attending Pasadena City College, majoring in Computer Science...

Solution Engineer

Patrick Swartz has been a Linux and opensource advocate since the mid-1990s working with start-ups to Fortune 100 companies to develop opensource strategies. As a father of 8 kids he continually looks for ways to engage his kids in the opensource world.

Career Development Volunteers
ShellCon RaiseMe

We are a team of trained do-gooders dedicated to helping career dreams become a reality. By day we are hiring managers, engineers, executives, entrepreneurs, recruiters, or military veterans. At RaiseMe, we're your mentors.

The RaiseMe career development effort was founded at the first ShellCon infosec conference in Southern California. There was so much demand for this kind of service, RaiseMe took on a life of its own. Now the RaiseMe arm of ShellCon serves the community year...


Working on database-backed, internet-based systems for over a decade, Robert is a published author and long-time open source contributor, having been recognized as a major contributor to the PostgreSQL project for his work over the years. An international speaker on databases, open source, and managing web operations at scale, he occasionally blogs at https://xzilla.net. 

Chief Technology Officer
Camino Financial

Cho-Nan Tsai is a seasoned technology executive and entrepreneur in Fintech, Social Media, Mobile Advertising and Digital Entertainment. He is the Chief Technology Officer and the Chief Information Security Officer at https://www.caminofinancial.com Camino Financial, a data-driven fintech platform pioneering affordable small business loans to Latinx businesses. He is responsible for product, technology infrastructure and information security at...

DevOps Enthusiast
Vertical Sysadmin, Inc.

Aleksey Tsalolikhin has been a UNIX/Linux system administrator for 20 years, starting at EarthLink in the mid-nineties. Aleksey's mission is increasing efficiency, productivity and quality of life of sysadmins / infrastructure engineers / DevOps through effective training in excellent technologies. Aleksey is the organizer of the Los Angeles chapter of the League of Professional System Administrators (www.meetup.com/lopsala) and is a member...

Developer Relations

Skate. Music. Video Games. Code. Member of the AssemblyScript team. DevRel / Developer doing WebAssembly, JavaScript, and Rust.

Software Engineer

Abhi Vaidyanatha is a software engineer at PlanetScale that has spent the better part of the last two years helping design PlanetScale's Cloud-Native database-as-a-service, developing features for PlanetScale's Vitess operator, and contributing to the Vitess project. He also particularly enjoys contributing written content for the vitess.io blog. In his free time, he enjoys reading economic research, DJing, and producing his podcast.

Solution Architect

T(h)inker, Freelancer, Operational Swiss Army Knife. Coming from an engineering background, currently 100% focused on building solutions that accelerate all areas of business operations. Though strongly rooted in tech, Liz's true passion lies in understanding the drive and motivations behind systems and people alike. She has previously spoken at conferences like Percona Live and Fosdem.

Chairman, CEO, Cofounder
Farsight Security, Inc.

Dr. Paul Vixie is an Internet pioneer. Currently, he is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder of award-winning Farsight Security, Inc. He was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014 for work related to DNS. Dr. Vixie is a prolific author of open source Internet software including BIND, and many Internet standards documents concerning DNS and DNSSEC. In addition, he founded the first anti-spam company (MAPS, 1996), the first non-profit Internet infrastructure software...

Sr. Community Architect
Red Hat

Since 2000 Karsten has been teaching and living the open source way (http://TheOpensourceWay.org). As a member of Red Hat's Open Source and Standards team (http://community.redhat.com ), he helps with community activities in projects Red Hat is involved in. As a 22 year IT industry veteran, Karsten has worked most sides of common business equations as an IS manager, professional services consultant,...

Technical Evangelist
CloudBees, Inc.

Mark Waite is a long-time Jenkins contributor. He is the Jenkins Documentation Officer and leads the Jenkins Documentation Special Interest Group. He is one of the maintainers of the Jenkins git plugin and the Jenkins git client plugin. He's active in the Jenkins Platform Special Interest Group. He's fascinated by software development and especially interested in software testing.

Principal Program Manager, Azure Office of the CTO

Stephen is a principal program manager in the Azure Office of the CTO at Microsoft. Prior to that, he has been a distinguished technologist (HPE), 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 30...

Production Engineer
Facebook Inc.

Richard's journey into the world of Open Source started back in 1996 after being handed his first set of SlackWare CDs; and was hooked after seeing his first Linux prompt stare back at him. In the early part of his career he deployed open-source technologies such as Linux, GlassFish, Apache, MySQL & PHP to build scalable mobile applications. Today he works as a Production Engineer at Facebook, as the technical lead for GlusterFS on the POSIX Storage Team. His spends his time...

Chief Engineer
Converse in Code

Behan Webster is a Computer Engineer who has spent more than two decades in diverse tech industries such as telecom, datacom, optical, wireless, automotive, medical, defence, and the game industry writing code for a range of hardware from the very small to the very large. Throughout his career, his work has always involved Linux most often in the areas of kernel level programming, drivers, embedded software, board bring-ups, software architecture, and build systems. He has been involved in a...

Vertical Sysadmin, Inc.

Mike Weilgart has loved maths and computers all his life. Graduating high school at the age of 13, he thereafter worked in a variety of positions including software QA, calculus teacher, and graphic design, before resolving to put his love of computers to professional use as a Linux sysadmin and trainer. Mike currently consults at a Fortune 50 company as an automation specialist, and enjoys nothing more than training people to full mastery of their tools.

Typography consultant

Nate Willis is a typeface designer and consultant who has been an active member of the free-software community for longer than he cares to remember. He currently develops open-source fonts, works on type-related free-software projects, and advocates for open standards in font development and publishing. At least, by day. By night, he works with the libre graphics community and helps organize Texas Linux Fest, a community open-source event in Texas.

In years past, he wrote and edited...

Open Source Community Relations Engineer

Steve is a developer working on open source projects: Steve has been active in the Kubernetes and Mesos projects since 2015.
Steve is employed by the Cloud Native Applications business unit at VMware and is co-lead of the Kubernetes IoT and Edge Working Group.
Steve is a volunteer mentor for the Whitney High competitive robotics team. He has been doing home automation since before it was called the internet of things. In his spare time he likes to hang out at the 23b Hackerspace...


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.

Presentation: My First Pull Request
Software Engineer

Software engineer at ZipRecruiter. BS Computer Engineering at Bogazici/Istanbul, MS Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz. Interested in Open Source, Security, Social Networks and CS education. Started PullRequest.Club.

Principal Support Engineer

Richard has been using PostgreSQL since v. 7.4 in 2003. He is a Principal Support Engineer at EnterpriseDB, providing technical support to DBAs and developers around the world, and works with many clients ranging from private corporations to government organizations and financial institutions.

Solutions Architect

Steven is a Senior Solutions Architect who focuses on helping large enterprises modernize their data pipelines and execute their data lake strategies with Apache Spark using Databricks. He has led multiple Spark workshops and spoken at meetups in the South West region, and continues to help train the growing Field Engineering team at Databricks. He works with customers across many industries and verticals, including media/entertainment, financial services, automotive, and gaming. Steven’s...

Solutions Engineer

As a software developer, I feel most energised when I learn new things and apply what I learn to build products that make people's life better. I also enjoy sharing my learnings and experience with the community by speaking at meetups and conferences.


Peter Zaitsev is CEO and co-founder of Percona. A serial entrepreneur, Peter enjoys mixing business leadership with hands-on technical expertise. Previously he was an early employee at MySQL AB, one of the largest open source companies in the world, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2008. Prior to joining MySQL AB, Peter was CTO at SpyLOG, which provided statistical information on website traffic.

Peter is the co-author of the popular book, High Performance MySQL, and blogs...

Lead Developer

IT Sherpa: guiding your business to summit against the odds, using extensive knowledge of the technology terrain and industry weather to find the right path, tools & plans.

Specialties: Startups. Consulting CTO. PHP and JavaScript coder. Drupal developer. WordPress developer. Crushing on AngularJS & Node. Maker. Networking Evangelist. Systems Integration. IT Leadership & Project Management.

Embedded developer, Maker, microcontrollers, C++, and electronics skills....

Presentation: Surf and L(earn)

Alexander Ziff, currently a student for Palisades Charter High School.

Presentation: The Path to GitOps
Sr Software Development Engineer