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
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...

Software Engineer

Ahmet works at Google on the Container Engine and Kubernetes team. He focuses on DevOps topics and creates tools to improve developer experiences. Previously, he worked on Microsoft Azure where he primarily contributed to open source projects. He worked on porting Docker to Windows, creating Microsoft's first official Docker image (ASP.NET) and Azure Container Registry service.

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.

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...

Infrastructure Engineer
OpenStack Foundation

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

Jim helps the OpenStack...

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.

Open Source Strategy Consultant

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

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

Red Hat

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

Senior Cloud Engineer

After installing Linux on his old i386 from a CD in the back of a Linux book he was given in 1995, Clint went on to be a Linux and open source power user. Splitting career time between software development and web scale operations gave Clint early insight into what is now known as the DevOps culture. Since then Clint has worked for Canonical on Ubuntu Server, HP on Helion OpenStack, and IBM on OpenStack and BlueMix. Today he's a senior cloud engineer bringing CI/CD and much awesomeness...

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

libreCMC Project
University Outreach Team Lead
Red Hat

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

Chief Evangelist

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

Sr. Network Engineer
Cephas Cloud Security Solutions

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

Developer Evangelist

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

Open Source Consultant

Sarah Conway is a 18 year old student at Cuyamaca College with plans to transfer to UCSD in 2016, pursuing a degree in Computer Science. She has been working as an intern for credativ USA since 2013, a company which specializes in open source software with a comprehensive range of services, including consulting, architectural and technical advice, software development, training, and personalized support.

Principal Architect

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

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

PostgreSQL major contributor. JDBC maintainer

community manager

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

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,...

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.

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...

VP of Community Development

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

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.

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.

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.

OpenStack Engineer

Spencer (nibalizer) Krum has been sysoping Linux since 2010. He works for IBM contributing upstream to OpenStack and Puppet. Spencer is a core contributor to the OpenStack Infrastructure Project. Spencer coordinates the local DevOps user group in Portland and volunteers for an ops-training program at Portland State University called the Braindump. Spencer is a published author and frequent speaker at technical conferences. Spencer helped found the puppet-community effort, which attempts to...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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
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...


John Morello is the Chief Technology Officer at Twistlock. As CTO, John leads the work with strategic customers and partners and drives the product roadmap. Prior to Twistlock, John was the CISO of Albemarle, a Fortune 500 global chemical company. Before that, John spent 14 years at Microsoft, in both Microsoft Consulting Services and product teams. He ran feature teams that shipped security technologies in Windows, Azure, and Office 365 and served as the Lead Architect of the hybrid cloud...

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.

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. 

PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.

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

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
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.

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.

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: Become a Kubernaut
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...

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,...

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.

Senior Principal Software Engineer

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

Chief Technology Officer

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

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

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

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

Community Marketing Manager
Red Hat

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

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...

Open Source Engineer

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.

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.

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

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

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...

QA Engineer

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

You can see...

Presentation: Let's Fix The Internet

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

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

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

Technical Writer/Evangelist

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


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...