[Blogger's Note: SCALE 10X will be asking the keynoters and some of the speakers to weigh in on their presentations for the expo. This is the Q-and-A for Alison Chaiken, who will be giving a presentation on "Automotive: The Next Frontier for Mobile Linux" at 6 p.m. Saturday.]
Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?
A: As the desktop continues to pale in significance and phones and tablets mature, the battle for dominance will shift to cars, medical devices, home appliances and so forth. Linux can make the difference on these new platforms just as it always has: by giving users choices and access to data. The creativity of our community can help address the tough problems of the transportation sector, and the associated job and investment opportunities are already appearing.
Q: Is "automotive Linux" just for motorheads and car hackers?
A: Absolutely not. Even if you hate cars and don't own one, you might want to consider as you enter the crosswalk whether the car approaching the traffic light is infected with malware or if the driver is busy updating his Facebook status. Transportation systems impact all of us no matter how we use them. Car companies don't have the expertise to create great smart-transportation applications; it's up to us!
Q: Is this your first visit to SCALE? If so, what are your expectations? If not, can you give us your impressions of the event?
A: Last year was my first SCALE and I'm greatly looking forward to returning for many years. SCALE is a wonderful combination of information upload and plain old socializing. I look forward to learning about the latest innovations, to seeing live demos at the Exhibit, and to just hanging out with the peeps.