DarkNet Industries LLC

Ed has been a software developer for about 20 years. He is currently keeping busy learning how to play League of Legends, writing absurdist ditties about his peers' anniversaries at work, and nibbling away at Go, Rust, Vagrant and ever more AWS services to use on his projects for the DarkNet. Secretly, he is learning more about board design and writing software on the Teensy platform for funsies.

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...

Presentation: DevOps After Dark

Technology lover, gamer and developer-in-training.

Presentation: DevOps After Dark
Principal Software Engineer
Symantec Corporation

Rami is the DevOps technical lead for Endpoint Protection Cloud products at Symantec Corporation where he works on building, deploying and managing security infrastructure and services on OpenStack and AWS-based platforms. Also, he is an outspoken advocate of Open Source Software, tools and practices within Symantec. The technology stack that Rami works with every day includes: Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift and automation tools on AWS. 

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...

Presentation: Reborn in IT

Lori joined her first Internet startup as a senior system administrator. When that company went public, she was hooked, and helping smaller firms prevail against well established rivals has been her passion ever since. She is currently a consulting COO and a chair at the SCaLE and ShellCon conferences in Southern California. She developed the unique RaiseMe career consulting effort at ShellCon, which has successfully helped people obtain their first security engineering roles in the...

Kaitlyn is an Integrated Marketing Specialist at The Linux Foundation, focused on developer outreach, and awareness and adoption of cloud-native technologies across a variety of channels including the Cloud Native Ambassador Program. Prior to joining The Linux Foundation, Kaitlyn worked as a Community Manager, specializing in developer experience and marketing for open source projects at Stormpath (now Okta). She worked to build Stormpath’s developer following through community events and...

System Administrator
Abbott Labs

Orv Beach is a long-time Linux user, and has been a ham radio operator for even longer (license callsign W6BI).  He's an ARRL Technical Specialst, and the Training Chair for the Southern California Linux expo.  He's deeply involved in the build-out of the local ham radio "Internet" using off-the-shelf wireless equipment.

Embedded Journalist and Insecurity Researcher
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.

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.

XBMC Project Manager

Nathan has been working with the XBMC community in one form or another since 2008. Nathan is endlessly interested in topics that relate to home entertainment, personal entertainment, and the ongoing battle for eyeballs being waged across a multitude of screens large and small.

Head of Open Source Strategy
Amazon Web Services

Zaheda Bhorat is the head of open source strategy at AWS. She has been instrumental in growing the AWS Open Source team and contributions. A computer scientist, Zaheda was one of the co-creators of Google's Open Source Program Office and several successful programs including Summer of Code. She also brings a deep understanding in open standards from her work as head of open standards at Google, and as senior technology advisor for the Government Digital Service, UK Cabinet Office. At...

Linux Foundation

John Bonesio has over 25 years in software development. He has worked in systems level programming from large servers to small embedded real-time devices. John's experience in the Linux kernel includes working on file systems, raid sets, network drivers, startup code for ARM and PowerPc including device tree support, and DMA drivers. John is an international trainer for the Linux Foundation since 2011.

He also has other endeavors which include being an author and a radio show host....

Principal DBA

Silvia Botros is a Principal DBA at Sendgrid. Her mission is to deploy and maintain various MySQL datastores that support the mail pipeline and other products that SendGrid offers and to drive MySQL designs from inception to production. Delivering millions of emails a day for household companies like Yelp, Spotify, Ebay and Air BnB. Follow Silvia's opinions on MySQL, Web operations, and various topics on Twitter @dbsmasher and on her blog dbsmasher.com

Sr. Engineer
SaltStack, Inc

David is a Sr. Engineer at SaltStack,Inc and in a previous life was an IT Analyst in government. David has a passion for making technology work for people and businesses and Salt is his favorite tool for making technology bend to his will.


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.

Presentation: The SELinux game
Principle Software Engineer
Red Hat

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

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.

Partnering Consultant

Kyle is an accomplished and dynamic leader with more than 17 years of experience in building enterprise-class software solutions. He is a versatile and entrepreneurial leader with a proven ability to build and lead high-performing teams of professionals to execute technical and strategic objectives.

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...

User Relations Lead
DarkNet Industries LLC

Starting with DEFCON 17 I discovered the InfoSec/Hacker Community and Ever since, I have been finding ways to give to back to this amazing community. I enjoy mentoring and teaching others about security. In the last 4 years I have participated as a content creator and User Relations Lead at DCDARK.NET. I co-founded a local Hackerspace/Holon called OSSEM, which run sub-groups including a Local Linux User Group. I also like taking long walks while wardriving, and working with small form factor...

Systems Engineer

Elijah graduated from Oregon State University in the Fall of 2017 with a degree in Computer Science and a focus in Mathematics and Security.
He has worked at the OSU Open Source Lab, CoreOS, and Nordstrom wearing hats like developer, documentarian, course teacher, and devops engineer.
Despite school he made time to present at conferences like SCALE, SeaGL, Write the Docs EU, and BeaverCat BarCamp on topics like Kubernetes, Git, Email, and Blender 3D.
In his free time Elijah...

Head of Technology Strategy

Lee Calcote is the Head of Technology Strategy at Solarwinds, where he stewards strategy and innovation across the business. Advanced and emerging technologies have been a consistent focus through Calcote’s tenure at SolarWinds, Seagate, Cisco and Pelco.

Calcote advises a handful of startups and serves as a member of various industry bodies, including Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the Distributed Management Task Foundation (DMTF) and Center for Internet Security (CIS). As...

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.

Chestek Legal

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

Sr. Network Engineer
Cephas Cloud Security Solutions

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

Tech Law Garden

Tennille Christensen is an attorney who specializes in advising start-ups on intellectual property issues and negotiating and drafting technology-related transactions. Tennille first entered the practice of law as a patent agent. However, she was constantly reading about and fascinated by non-patent-prosecution legal issues as well. One of the biggest areas that interested her, software copyrights and legal issues associated with the open source software community, is the reason she became...


Justin Colannino focuses his practice on patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation—particularly in the fields of computer hardware, software, and networked services. Justin also advises clients regarding open source software development, including open source license compliance. Justin has an active pro bono practice. In that capacity, he advises non-profit free and open source software projects on all aspects of open source development.

Darknet Industries LLC

Day Job: VP of Engineering for a large software development company.
Professional history: Red Team lead, Security Researcher, and 15+ years in the online video game industry.
DarkNet: Been apart of the DefCon Darknet for 4 years, 3 years as the lead for badge firmware and significant contributor to the server side game code.
Passion: Darknet, anything and everything security related, Tinkerer of electronics

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...

Software Engineer
Crunchy Data Solutions

Sarah Conway is a software engineer at Crunchy Data Solutions, Inc and is a developer on the Crunchy Container Suite and PostgreSQL Operator projects. Additionally, she is an active participant and volunteer in the PostgreSQL community through developing and maintaining various Postgres community websites, participating in the PGUS Diversity Committee, and being on the PostgresOpen SV operations committee for four years.

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 and participates in various STEM events.


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...

Presentation: SCALE 101
Production Engineer

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

Developer Advocate
Google Cloud

Sandeep started coding and creating websites when he was 12 and hasn't stopped. He is passionate about building easy-to-use products people love. Before Google, he founded an IoT startup in agriculture and developed educational HTML5 games. At Google, Sandeep's goal is to make cloud easy and help developers create the next big thing. He works on cloud native solutions such as Docker, Kubernetes, gRPC, and Istio. Sandeep loves video games, making music, and martial arts, and has...

Open Source Strategist
Open Tech Strategies

Cecilia Donnelly is an Open Source Strategist at Open Tech Strategies. She has been consulting on open source best practices since 2014. Currently, she manages projects that have to do with screening health care providers, installing smoke alarms, and tracking volunteer engagement.

Cecilia lives and ice skates in Minneapolis.

Vice President of Legal
Chef Software

Jennifer Dumas is Vice President of Legal at Chef Software Inc. in Seattle. She brings nearly twenty years of solving complex legal issues for high growth, disruptive companies to her role as Chef's principal legal advisor. She joined Chef from B-Line, LLC, a financial services company, where she was general counsel. Prior to that, she was the global contracts lead at Avanade Inc., where she directed and managed complex commercial agreements and gained a reputation for speedy,...

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

Presentation: We Should All Be Leaders

Rebecca Fitzhugh works in Technical Marketing at Rubrik. She is VCDX #243, a published author, and blogger. Typically Rebecca can be found talking about re-architecting applications or in an airport. You can find her on Twitter @RebeccaFitzhugh.

Progress LLP

David Fligor is a co-founder and partner at the law firm of Progress LLP in Palo Alto, California. David regularly helps clients resolve intellectual property and contract disputes and advises clients on intellectual property ownership, licensing, compliance and enforcement. In 2016, David led an enforcement effort for the author of a GPLv2-licensed program against an embedded device manufacturer that had failed to comply with GPLv2 license conditions. The effort successfully achieved...

Sr. Commercial Counsel
Red Hat

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

PostgreSQL Developer
Presentation: Advanced SQL
Chief Technology Officer
Crunchy Data

Stephen Frost is a PostgreSQL Major Contributor and Committer who implemented the PostgreSQL role system and column-level privileges, and who has made contributions to PL/PgSQL, PostGIS, the Linux kernel, and Debian. He has broad experience with the PostgreSQL authentication and authorization system, Multi-Version Concurrent-Control (MVCC), performance tuning (both system-wide and for specific queries), hacking on PostgreSQL itself, the PostgreSQL community, and PostGIS.

Of Counsel

Michelle Greer Galloway has been an associate, partner and is currently of counsel to the Cooley Litigation department and its IP group. Her practice focuses on patent litigation. She also counsels clients in information governance and e-Discovery.

She currently serves as Chair of the ABA Intellectual Property Section, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee and Chaired the ABA Task Force regarding USPTO proposed disciplinary rule changes. In 2013, she was awarded the ABA...

Open Source Programs Lead / Founder
Datadog / LinuxQuestions.org

Jeremy is the founder of LinuxQuestions.org, Open Source Programs Lead at Datadog, community moderator at Opensource.com, and a presenter on Bad Voltage. He's an ardent but realistic open source advocate.

Sr Systems Engineer

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

Presentation: Ubuntu Q&A
Fourth World Systems

Richard Gaskin is the owner of Fourth World Systems, a software design and development consultancy in Los Angeles. Since founding the company in 1994, he's developed dozens of commercial and open source applications used by a wide range of organizations, including FedEx, AOL, the US Library of Congress, and thousands of hospitals and universities around the world.

Although he started his career with Mac OS, Richard has since delivered applications for Irix, every version of...

GreyBridge Solutions

Michael Gat is a Pythonista, project manager and consultant with 20+ years of experience applying complex data in business. He is primarily focused on data-intensive projects in commercial and non-consumer spaces and recently served as pro-bono project manager for the NSF-funded National Transportation Data Challenge. His driving passion is making use of the data, algorithms, math and models that underlie the hype of today’s tech world. He strives to use data resources to deliver positive...

PhD Candidate
Macquarie University

I am a PhD candidate at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where I work on finding exoplanets using low-cost, over-the-counter hardware for Project PANOPTES (www.projectpanoptes.org). After spending over a decade in industry building (mostly PERL) web applications, I decided to leave that all behind and pursue my childhood interest in astronomy. Luckily these days astronomy is mostly all about software development. When given some free...

Director of Applied Innovation
The OpenNMS Group

Jeff has worked with free software since the mid-1990s and has practiced the discipline of large-scale network management since 2000. His current role as Director of Applied Innovation at The OpenNMS Group lets him continue both these pursuits, and even affords him to write the occasional line or two of code.

Chief Tekkie Officer
Tekkie Consulting

Having crafted professional, enterprise-level software with open source technologies since 2003, Georgiana is living proof that geek girls are an asset to any team. She loves developing complex, large-scale applications with a strong emphasis on performance, as well as mentoring teammates in achieving craftsmanship. Georgiana has experience in every aspect of the lifecycle of software development and is hungry for more. In the past year, Georgiana started a PhD in Systems Engineering,...

Founder + Creative Director

Ryan is a seasoned marketing and creative professional. He is the founder and creative director of Dijt (https://dijt.co), an experienced creative agency in the process of migrating completely to free and open-source creative software and working exclusively with artists, illustrators, designers, and developers who share a passion for these tools. Prior to starting Dijt in 2010, he was a successful marketing executive and creative director at a consumer goods...

Distinguished Engineer, Azure

Ted Gould works for Canonical on the Ubuntu devices team building convergence into the core of Ubuntu. As one of the founding developers of Ubuntu Unity he’s been involved in bringing the vision of Ubuntu on all devices forward for over 5 years. Ted has been speaking about Ubuntu and Open Source to a variety of audiences over the years from seminars at universities to conferences and user groups.

Senior Software Engineer

Gareth is a software developer at Saltstack, an occasional FLOSS Weekly cohost, and cofounder and former leader of a free & open source conference based in Southern California. Gareth lives in Southern California with his wife, where they are owned by several pets.

Solution Architect

Eyal Gutkind is head of solution architects at Scylla. Prior to Scylla Eyal held product management roles at Mirantis and DataStax. Prior to DataStax Eyal spent 12 years with Mellanox Technologies in various engineering management and product marketing roles.Eyal holds a BSc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ben Gurion University, Israel and MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, North Carolina.

Presentation: Ubuntu Q&A
Local Community Council Member

Nathan Haines is an author, instructor, and computer consultant who fell in love with Ubuntu in 2005, and helped found the Ubuntu California Local Community Team to share that excitement with others. As the leader of the California team and a member of the Ubuntu Local Community Council, he works to help others support and share Ubuntu worldwide.

His mission to educate and excite people about Free Software and Ubuntu continues with his book, Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users...

Hall Law

Andrew Hall is a co-founder of Hall Law, a boutique firm focused primarily on legal issues facing open-source software. Leveraging his technical background in computer science and electrical engineering with his well-rounded intellectual property law experience, Andrew provides counsel in strategy, policy implementation, and asset management to clients, including Fortune Global 500 companies.

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.

Presentation: Snap Your App
Site Reliability Engineer
Senior Engineer

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

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

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

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...

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

Rich has over 25 years of experience in operations with the last 10 years in early-stage startups building DevOps style teams and scaling infrastructure in the online advertising space. He has held positions at EMC, Nestle, MySpace, Fox, Glam Media and Sony. Rich has been working with log aggregation systems since 2008. He's an Elastic Community Leader and organizer for the Elastic LA Meetup since 2015...

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.

Cal Tech

Kate Hutton, nicknamed the Earthquake Lady, Dr. Kate, or Earthquake Kate is retired a staff seismologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.

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.

Presentation: Scaling IPv6 at Fastly
Network Engineer
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 Oakland, California and is passionate about open source, open standards, open government, and digital rights. You can reach him as ryanj on twitter, github, and IRC.


David Jordan is an engineer at System76. By day he develops new features for Pop!_OS, makes each product work well with Linux, and paves the way for System76's manufacturing efforts. By night he builds open source tools for filmmakers. He enjoys hacking on collaborative systems, cameras, embedded systems, and computer vision. When he's not building robots, writing software, or indulging his read/write passion for cinema, David writes "slightly" nerdy books. His current...

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...

Presentation: The SELinux game
Senior Software Engineer
Red Hat

I have been contributing to open source software since 2010. After joining Red Hat in 2013, I have had the opportunity to contribute to multiple projects written in Python: Imagefactory, OpenStack Nova, and Pulp. I am interested in crafting tools that we all can use to improve the quality of software delivered to our users.

R&D Engineer

David is an R&D Engineer at Timescale. He focuses on performance optimizations and developing features and functionality, while ensuring the database remains easy to use. Previously he was a Data Engineer focusing mostly on PostgreSQL at Moat Inc., and before that worked at battery engineering and electrochemistry startups.

Software Architecture and Community Development Manager
Texas Instruments

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....

Developer Advocate

Spencer Krum is a Developer Adovcate at IBM. He writes python (and recently go) applications to analyze esports and deploys them on kubernetes. Before that, he administered the development infrastructure for OpenStack and wrote a book on Puppet. He lives and works in Minneapolis. He likes cheeseburgers, tennis and StarCraft II.

Distinguished Technologist
Software Freedom Conservancy

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


Ben Kuo (AI6YR) has been a longtime Linux enthusiast, as well as more recent ham radio operator, and is enthusiastic about building, fixing, and playing with all kinds of amateur radio gear, plus developing projects--both hardware and software--ranging from Raspberry Pi, Arduino, mesh networking, QRP radios, antennas, and embedded software. He also enjoys taking amateur radio outdoors, with Summits On The Air (SOTA) activations, hiking and backpacking with QRP. For his day job, he is the...

Presentation: Let's write a Debugger!
imperial College London

Levente is a systems software engineer, currently studying at Imperial College London for his bachelor degree, as well as working on low-level performance of mission critical systems in Chicago. Previously, he interned at Apple and at Red Hat, working on operating systems. An avid computer enthusiast, he created his own UNIX-like operating system kernel from scratch, capable enough to run GCC and various well-known utilities. His other interests include spreading the spirit of the Open...

Currently Debian Project Leader, Chris is freelance computer programmer, author
of dozens of free projects and contributor to 100s of others.

Chris has been official Debian Developer since 2008 and is currently highly
active in the Reproducible Builds sub-project for which he has been awarded a
grant from the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative. In his spare
time he is an avid classical musician and Ironman triathlete.

Chris has spoken...

Legal Director
Wikimedia Foundation

Stephen is Legal Director at the Wikimedia Foundation, where he advises on copyright, trademarks, governance, and other internet law and policy topics. Stephen is co-creator of CollabMark, a trademark guide for open source and free software projects. He is also an active contributor to open source, including a series of interactive visualizations of Wikipedia. Stephen’s main areas of interest are licensing, open science, and online platforms. Stephen graduated from the University of Nebraska...

Software Engineer
Whitemoon Dreams, Inc.

Intending to become a programmer ("developer" hadn't been invented by the marketing department yet), Dustin got sidetracked and spent more time than he cares to admit doing theoretical physics, a background filled with continuous mathematics almost entirely irrelevant to computer science. He eventually returned to his original love of software. He avoids social media for the same reason he doesn't do crack cocaine.

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.

Presentation: Laidout

Tom has been making the program Laidout to make his cartoon books, and along the way experiment with various unusual tool interfaces for vector graphics. He is based in Portland, Oregon.

Matt Lee is a British artist, hacker and filmmaker. His first feature length movie, "Orang-U: An Ape Goes To College" was made using 100% free tools. He lives in Boston where he works on web standards and is currently in pre-production on Orang-U 2: Monkey Business.

Student at Berkeley City College and independent contractor. Programming language design enthusiast, game development enthusiast, and all around Rust enthusiast. Linux user for five years and Rust user for two years.

Developer Advocate / Senior Software Developer

Developer Advocate for Flutter and Dart. Before Flutter, Wm worked on distributed user interfaces, mapping, and travel. Before Google, Wm started several successful computer companies. He wrote a seminal book on declarative computer languages and another book on 3D computer graphics. Wm created the first computer generated hologram. He is also an avid traveler and loves to play music with friends. http://leler.com/wm/resume.html

Presentation: Analyzing MySQL Binlogs
Data Architect

Franck Leveneur is a Sr. Mysql DBA / Data Architect working for Global Cash Card, an A.D.P. owned company. Mr. Leveneur has 20 years of experience with databases, including 10 years with MS-SQL and 9 years with Mysql, database modeling and optimization. He has also been working on big data projects in the past 2 years using various technologies. He currently teaches a Data Management class at UCLA Anderson for a Master of Science in Business Analytics. Mr. Leveneur has been involved in...

All Things Open

Todd is the creator of multiple open source technology conferences and meetups, including All Things Open and the Open Source 101 conference series. All Things Open is now the largest open source/tech/web event on the East Coast of the United States. In addition to conferences, he's worked with numerous nonprofits, educational institutions and elected officials to encourage technology education curriculum creation and adoption. He regularly speaks at conferences and events, and to...

University Outreach
Red Hat

Gina Likins has been working in internet strategy for more than 20 years, participating in online communities for nearly 25, and working in open source for more than three. Back in 1994, she presented her first talk about the internet, called "Netiquette: How to avoid getting flamed online," and she's spent the intervening time developing her own theories about how and why communities go sour (or conversely, grow strong).

Aside from her interest in the internet,...

Product Management Director
Red Hat

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

SUSE, Network World

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

Presentation: Highlights of R
data analyst
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Open Source Integrators

Greg’s career spans more than 25 years and includes experience in business, operations, manufacturing, and leadership. He holds two master’s degrees: a master’s in geography from South Dakota State University, and a master’s in computer science from the University of Chicago.

Greg spent much of his career implementing enterprise technology suites for government and commercial organizations. Between 1995 and 2005, Greg worked for county government, consulting, and commercial...

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...

Software Architect

Software architect at Symas. Apache Directory PMC. Member of the OpenLDAP Engineering Team.

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.

Community Director
Buoyant, Inc

George Miranda is Director of Community for Buoyant, makers of Linkerd and Conduit. He made a career working in WebOps for over 15 years at a variety of startups and enterprises before moving into the world of working with open-source software vendors. He's taken roles at companies that believe in simplifying the ever-increasing complexity of running internet applications at scale. Prior to Buoyant, he was a developer advocate at Chef Software Inc, using config management and automation...

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...

Technical Solutions Architect

Drew is currently part of the Mender.io open source project to deploy OTA software updates to embedded Linux devices. He has worked on embedded projects such as RAID storage controllers, Direct and Network attached storage devices, bootloaders and operating systems. Drew has spoken at various conferences, including Embedded Systems Conference and All Systems Go.

He has spent the last 7 years working in Operating System Professional Services helping customers develop production...

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.


JT Nelson enjoys being an idealist and synthesist by changing the world and making it a better place for all. He has a long and storied reputation for lurking in the shadows effecting disruptive technologies and methods in the digital visual media, biomedical and presentation industries. He has helped bring products to market that are cutting-edge, the first of its kind and years ahead of the competition.

His current foci are game-changing Open Source Software development, Hollywood...

Director of Community Outreach
Open Invention Network

Deb Nicholson works at the intersection of technology and social justice. She has been a free speech advocate, economic justice organizer and civil liberties defender. After working in Massachusetts politics for fifteen years, she became involved in the free software movement. She is the Community Outreach Director at the Open Invention Network and the Community Manager at Media Goblin. She also serves on the board at Open Hatch, a non-profit dedicated to matching prospective free software...

President - CEO
0x1b, Inc.
Presentation: Git like a Pro
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. Alan is the creator and maintainer of M-Stack, a free and open source USB device stack for PIC micocontrollers, and HIDAPI, a cross-platform host-side USB HID library; and is a contributor to the Linux kernel in the areas of USB and...

Open Source Product Manager

JMP specializes in bringing complex technology portfolios to market, whether an individual, a small group, a large community or a multinational corporation. A Linux user, Debian Developer and open source enthusiast for over 15 years, he's particularly passionate about strategic aspects of open source including cloud, business models and innovation/differentiation. JMP is originally from Venezuela, has been an expat for over 10 years and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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. 

Developer Advocate
IBM eSports Development Center
Developer Evangelist
Cisco DevNet

Hank’s two passions are technology and theatre and bringing them together drives him towards a borderline obsession on creating entertaining presentations, labs and demonstrations that breakdown complex technology topics for audiences. After spending several years working on and behind the scenes on stage productions, what started as a hobby turned to a profession when Hank entered the IT industry with a focus on web and database development and engineering. Drifting from development into...

Performance Engineering Manager
Verizon Digital Media Services

Alejandro is a performance engineer at Verizon Digital Media Services. His team focuses on the software and hardware run on the CDN. Prior to Verizon, Alejandro spent 7 years in graduate school at the University of Arizona. His research focus was denial-of-service attacks on wireless networks and privacy protection of wireless communications. He is also a Math and Electrical Engineering enthusiast and spends a good part of his free time trying to remember what he learned in college.

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.

Presentation: Silence of the Lambdas
The Quinn Acvisory Group

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

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

Community Manager

Sri has been in the Free Software community for 20 years primarily as volunteer for the GNOME Project. While in GNOME, he has worked with external communities, engaged in social media, and worked on a variety of projects including Libre Application Summit, a conference around userspace. Professionally, Sri worked for Intel Corporation for 20 years, first in IT and then finally their Open Source business unit working on various corporate led open source projects as an engineering manager or...

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 is an award-winning columnist for Linux Journal, and speaks frequently on Open Source software including at SCALE, O'Reilly Security Conference, BSidesLV, CactusCon, OSCON, Linux World Expo, and Penguicon.

DevOps Team Lead

Roi Ravhon is DevOps Team Leader at Logz.io. Before that, he was a DevOps engineer in the Israeli military intelligence. Roi writes, and talks, about DevOps, Docker, Kubernetes and the ELK Stack. Outside of work, he is a great enthusiast of beer and rock and metal music.


Tracy is an architect at Twistlock, with an extensive background in Linux system administration and security. Tracy's experiences at several enterprises and dotcoms focused on gaining rich knowledge of system hardening, intrusion detection, and log analytics, and compliance regimes like HIPAA, PCI, and FedRAMP. Located in San Diego, he is the president of the San Diego Computer Society and Kernel-Panic Linux User Groups and is an instructor at UC San Diego. At Twistlock he has been...

Community Council

21-year old guy who is currently an member of the Ubuntu Community Council. Actively participating on the Ubuntu Project, loves photography and food.

Open Source Community Manager

Jonas Rosland is a community builder, open source advocate, blogger and speaker at many open source focused events. As Open Source Community Manager at {code}, he is responsible for the growth and prosperity of the {code} Community.

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,...

Presentation: A Gnu Lesson
Software Engineer
Samsung SDSA

In 2016, Guinevere Saenger transitioned from being a full-time professional pianist to a career in tech. To do so, she obtained a spot at the highly competitive Ada Developers Academy in Seattle, a year-long, tuition-free, bootcamp-style software development training program for women and nonbinary people making a mid-life career switch into tech. As part of her training, Guinevere interned at Samsung SDS on the Cloud Native Computing Team, where, after graduating in July 2017, she accepted...

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...

Executive Director
Software Freedom Conservancy

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

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,...

Presentation: Git for Photographers

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

President / Founder

Stuart is a Licensed Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator (AG6AG), and participates in emergency and club activities in his local community.

He has been involved with open source since the early 90s, and spends his days showing companies how to integrate open source solutions into their network infrastructure, reducing their costs and improving their overall network security.

He currently participates in open source projects and user groups as well as spending his free time...

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...

Senior Scientific Consultant

Lifelong gadget junky with 70 and counting. Love hates Indiegogo and Kickstarter. Needs more time in a day and has a short attention span. Geeks out building infrastructures for life sciences companies and travels too much. Had been in the Linux world since Red Hat 4. And in the parallel universes since MS DOS 6, Windows 3.11 and NT. Lived to see Windows in a container. Wants to see a keyboardless computer that reads her thoughts and does not send her to an app help section. With the...

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.

Technical Sales Engineer

Brian Six is a 20+ year veteran at SUSE/Micro Focus/Novell. As a Computer Science major, Brian has gone from developer to consultant to systems engineer. When he is not traveling for SUSE, he is either shuttling his grade school kids to their activities or walking his Avocado grove making sure the trees are happy. Mixing the tech world with family and the farm.

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....

Presentation: MySQL Without the SQL
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.

Open Source Content Lead
Amazon Web Services

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...

Presentation: A Gnu Lesson
Docker Captains Program Manager

Jenny Burcio runs the Docker Captains program, where she helps awesome Docker community members inspire and educate others. Prior to Docker, Jenny worked at Apigee helping to build their community programs and partner ecosystem. Jenny is a recovering attorney, mom, and wannabe plant whisperer.

Presentation: PostgreSQL Partitioning

Working on database backed, internet based systems for over a decade, Robert is co-author of the book Beginning PHP and PostgreSQL 8, maintains the phpPgAdmin software package, and has 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 spends his days as CEO of OmniTI, perhaps the best technology consulting firm on the planet.

Managing Partner
Real Kinetic

Tyler Treat is a managing partner at Real Kinetic where he helps companies ship cloud software faster. At Apcera, Tyler worked on NATS, an open-source, high-performance messaging system for cloud-native applications. Before that, he architected Workiva’s microservice messaging platform. He is interested in distributed systems, messaging infrastructure, and resilience engineering. Tyler is also a frequent open-source contributor and avid blogger at bravenewgeek.com.

Director of Open Source Strategy
The LOT Network, Inc.

Robinson has over a decade of experience in FOSS development, organization, & outreach, with an emphasis on Serious Games in medicine, security, & higher education.

Currently serving as the Director of Open Source Strategy at the LOT Network, he was the Senior QA Engineer for The Document Foundation, the German non-profit behind LibreOffice & DLP, as well as coordinator of community outreach & education. At the Interactive Media Lab at the Geisel School of Medicine, he...

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 world-class 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...

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...

Principal Engineer

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

Enterprise Data Architect
Mitel Networks

The rise of PostgreSQL in the enterprise is paralleled by the rapid growth and acceptance of Cloud services, non-relational data stores, and highly scalable, distributed architecture. It is fortunate that just as we see increased attention on open source solutions, the community has gained a truly staggering number of core features and extensions. Phil loves to help people design healthy, modern, data-centric applications built squarely on PostgreSQL. The data landscape has expanded...

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...


Soam Vasani created and works on the Fission framework at Platform9 Systems. He's also worked on Platform9's Kubernetes cluster deployment and management product. His past work includes distributed filesystems, and the GNU debugger and toolchain. He's interested in distributed systems, devops tools and frameworks, and programming languages.

Open Tech Strategies

James Vasile has fifteen years experience as a user, developer, advocate and advisor in the free and open source software world. His expertise is in software licensing and community-building, as well as non-profit and small business startup. He focuses on free software and open source production, although his work and interests often take him far beyond the world of software. Much of what James does involves teaching people how to build successful businesses around free software and ensuring...

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...

General Counsel

Luis Villa is the co-founder and general counsel of Tidelift, a startup devoted to making open source work better by supporting users and developers. Before Tidelift, he has had a varied career in open source, first in QA and engineering management, and then as an attorney at Mozilla, the Wikimedia Foundation, and Greenberg Traurig. At Columbia Law School, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Science and Technology Law Review and a Kent and Stone Scholar.

Developer Advocate

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

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,...

Open Source Enablement
Arm, Inc.

John Mark Walker is an open source product, community and ecosystem expert. He has spoken at numerous conferences on the subject of open source community, governance and business. He’s a well-respected pundit for opensource.com and linux.com and recently founded the Open Source Entrepreneur Network at https://osenetwork.com/

He works for Arm helping open source developers work with the Arm architecture and ecosystem.

Engineering Manager

Christopher Webber is an Engineering Manager at Chef Software focused on building Operability into the next version of the Chef Automate platform. He is a long time organizer of DevOps Day LA. Chris has a broad background ranging from a long stint supporting academia to most recently running a software engineering team. Chris is proud to call Southern California his home.

Director of Technology
Sourceforge Media LLC

I am an Enabler. Learn anything, lay the groundwork, optimize processes. So that projects can grow, teams can flourish, others can shine, and everyone feels great as a result.

Chief Engineer
Converse in Code

Behan Webster is a Computer Engineer who has spent the past two decades in diverse tech industries such as telecom, datacom, optical, automotive, 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 number of Open Source...

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.

Presentation: Linux, I2C, and me
Presentation: Building an I2C Driver
Presentation: Building an SPI Driver
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...


I am a 12 year student that has been learning "R" for the past year. I have spoken three times at different events. I have spoken twice at Devopsdays and more recently I did an Ignite talk at O'Reilly's Velocity conference in NYC 2015.

VP, DevOps and Digital Practices
SJ Technologies

John Willis is Vice President of Devops and Digital Practices at SJ Technologies. Prior to SJT he was the Director of Ecosystem Development for Docker, which he joined after the company he co-founded (SocketPlane, which focused on SDN for containers) was acquired by Docker in March 2015. Previous to founding SocketPlane in Fall 2014, John was the Chief DevOps Evangelist at Dell, which he joined following the Enstratius acquisition in May 2013. He has also held past executive roles at Opscode...

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...

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...

Strategic Open Source Partner Engineer

Steve is a developer working on open source projects: Apache Mesos, DC/OS, Kubernetes, REX-Ray and more, under the sponsorship of {code}, the open source team sponsored by Dell Technologies. Steve believes that innovations in connectivity, hardware, and software: "the Internet of everything", will enable another industrial revolution - and open source will drive this.
Steve is a volunteer mentor for high school robotics and drone programs. He has been doing home automation...

Technical Account Manager
Signal Sciences

Cody Wood worked for a period of time in mining (not data) operations in the high desert of California. His initial interests in the security space started at a very early age, but he never really put any effort into pursuing those endeavors. About four years ago that all changed. After getting kicked out of a .NET programming bootcamp in Houston, TX he interned at a hackerspace and started working at the best company for aspiring inexperienced hackers (Whitehat Security). Specializing in...

Software Engineer

I'm a software engineer for Puppet, where I'm currently working on our open source remote task runner Bolt. 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 more of my work at...

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...


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...

Director, Security Solutions
Verizon Digital Media

Tin Zaw has served as Verizon Digital Media Services’ director of global security solutions since 2015. He and his team provide managed and professional security services protecting their clients' web properties from exterior threats from the internet. He launched the services during his first year at Verizon and continues to grow the business each year.

Prior to joining Verizon, Tin led web and product security teams at AT&T and Intuit. He previously designed and...