Presentation: Terraform in 50 minutes
Senior Software Development Engineer

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

OSU Open Source Lab

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

Senior Software Engineer

Saad Ali is a senior software engineer at Google where he works on the open-source Kubernetes project. He joined the project in December 2014, and has led the development of the Kubernetes storage and volume subsystem. He serves as a lead of the Kubernetes Storage SIG, and is co-author and maintainer of the Container Storage Interface. Prior to Google, he worked at Microsoft where he led the development of the IMAP protocol for Outlook.com.

System Engineer

Kyle Anderson is an SRE on the Compute Infra team at Yelp and has been tinkering with servers for more than 10 years.

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

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

Managing Director
Bareos GmbH & Co. KG

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

Senior Principal Software Engineer

Henry Avetisyan is a Senior Principal Software Engineer in the Core Platforms team at Oath. He is part of a team responsible for providing security solutions to Oath properties such as service authentication, role based access control, and centralized key management system. He has a Master's degree in Computer Science from California State University, Northridge.


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

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

Jono Bacon Consulting

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

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.

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.

VP Marketing

Louisa is the Marketing Director of System76. System76 is a Linux computer manufacturer, an advocate of open source software, and the producer of Pop!_OS, an operating system for makers, developers, scientists, and engineers.

Engineering Team Lead

Rob is a software engineer at Datadog in New York where he spends his time focused on cloud infrastructure and the developer platform. He is currently leading the Compute team, working on building and scaling global compute infrastructure built on Kubernetes.

KC Braunschweig has spent the last 6 years as a production engineer working on Facebook infrastructure. He's currently working on distributed coordination services built on Apache Zookeeper. He's previously worked in areas including logging, stream processing, search infrastructure and configuration management. He's been a SCaLE attendee and volunteer since SCaLE 1x.

Senior Backend Engineer

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

Chief Operating Officer

Erica Brescia is the co-founder and COO of Bitnami, the leading provider of packaged applications for any platform. The Bitnami application automation platform delivers and maintains a catalog of 120+ ready-to-run server applications and development environments in partnership with the world’s leading cloud providers including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle, driving over 1 million deployments per month. That same application automation platform is also available to enterprises via...

Open Source Engineering Manager

Eric is a Staff Open Source Engineer at VMware where he has been solidly contributing to open source the last four years. He has 20 years experience in the software development industry. The bulk of his experience has been with security, protocols, configuration and systems management. Much of his time at VMware has been working on OpenStack as part of the VMware Integrated OpenStack product. But he now leads a team within the Open Source Technology Center focusing on open source...

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...

CEO / CTO / Founder
(currently unnamed)

Dr. Josiah Carlson Ph.D. is an American Theoretical Computer Scientist, best well known for his book on Redis; Redis in Action, his talks on Redis and/or Python, his open source libraries relating to Python, Redis, Lua, thousands of public mailing list posts relating to Redis, Python, wxPython, and/or data compression, as well as a handful of blog posts. Professionally, the good doctor has worked on email anti-spam, text search, non-binary classification, GPS navigation, data compression,...

Alison works for Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division in Fremont, CA although recently she has worked on automotive Linux in Germany. Previous speaking experience includes ELC, ELCE, Automotive LInux Summit, SCALE, Maker Faire and many local LUGs. Alison has been running POSIX variants on her home systems since BSD 4.3. Her previous career as a physicist started at MIT and included stints at HP Labs and Stanford. She disorganizes the 1,000+-member Silicon Valley Automotive Open...

Senior Software Engineer
Red Hat

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

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

Presentation: The Trouble with Rovers

An active member of the San Gabriel Valley Hardware Hackers group (SGVHAK) and member of Linux User's Group (SGVLUG) Roger is interested in many topics around the intersection of mechanical hardware and intelligent software.

Linux Platform Engineer

Dave is a Linux Platform Software Engineer at Indeed. He works closely with the DevOps and SRE teams improving reliability, scalability, and performance across Indeed’s cloud. He’s an Ubuntu Core Developer, and has been debugging Linux issues professionally in one way or another for the last 15 years.

Red Hat

Matthias manages part of the desktop team at Red Hat. He is the maintainer of GTK+ and a member of the GNOME release team.
Recently, he and his team have been involved in creating Flatpak and Fedora Silverblue.

System Administrator/Graphic Designer

Brian is a life long computer nerd that has always had an interest in computer graphics. He discovered Linux in 1994 when needing an OS to run an ISP and eventually found it to be a much better alternative to Windows on the desktop, coming from the Amiga he was using at the time. Although system administration is what tends to bring home the bacon he moonlights with computer video, VFX, 3D and images. He is an avid photographer and has designed hundreds of logos for organizations all over...

Zipkin guy

Adrian works at Pivotal, on the Spring Cloud team. He spends most on Zipkin, usually in Java. His focus is open source distributed tracing systems.

VP, PostgreSQL Engineering
Crunchy Data Solutions

Joe Conway is an innovative leader with broad experience in a wide array of disciplines and extensive international business exposure.

He has been involved with PostgreSQL as a contributor since 2001. He is also the author and maintainer of a PostgreSQL procedural language handler for the R language, PL/R. Joe is currently VP, PostgreSQL Engineering at Crunchy Data, which specializes in PostgreSQL with a comprehensive range of services, including consulting, architectural and...


I am sysadmin at C4 Technologies a company that I co-founded in 2011 where we offer FOSS to new businesses and call centers. I started taking pictures 2 years ago I loved so much that it is my main hobby now. Also I love to be speakers, I have done about 30 different presentations Open Source related in schools, local communities and small conferences. I am coordinator at the Linux User Group of Tijuana, México, city where I was born and raised.

Director, Platform & Systems Reliability Engineering
The Walt Disney Company

Jason Cox is a Director of Platform & Systems Reliability Engineering at The Walt Disney Company. He majored in computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Tulsa and later worked in civil engineering, helping transition from manual drafting & engineering to CAD and then helped design and build public infrastructure and residential subdivisions for 6 years. He then co-founded a local ISP and web hosting startup, managing datacenters and business operations. After...

Developer Advocate

Gabi is a Developer Advocate on Google Cloud and a passionate Software Engineer. She likes simplifying complex systems, and believes abstractions are best when they can be understood in a real life example. She’s driven to go beyond DBA lingo to make database and storage technology more accessible to software developers. Writes at gabriela.io and Medium sometimes.

Presentation: The Trouble with Rovers
Operations Engineer
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. Her contributions to open source focus on community-building and evangelism. 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...

Sr. Solution Engineer

John has been a DevOps Architect for the last 10 years. Currently working with Hashicorp tools to help clients with Cloud Native migrations. John has been a part of start-ups that include Mesosphere and Apigee as well as Accenture supporting many cutting edge IOT projects. Besides technology, John enjoys the outdoors, loves flying, and playing softball on weekends.

Software Engineers

Software Engineer at Zalando, PostgreSQL contributor.

Chief Instructor

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

Director of Community & Evangelism

Michael Ducy currently works as Director of Community & Evangelism for Sysdig where he is responsible for growing adoption of Sysdig’s open source solutions. Previously, Michael worked at Chef where we held a variety of roles helping customers and community members leverage Chef’s open source and paid solutions, as well as implement the ideas and practices of DevOps. Michael has also worked in a variety of roles in his career including Cloud Architecture, Systems Engineering, and...

Production Engineer

I built my first LAMP stack at high school and have been using MySQL ever since. I've never really considered myself a DBA - I just like writing automation to deal with massive distributed systems and naturally the edge cases that comes with that.

Today, I write Python automation to manage one of the worlds biggest MySQL deployments which is responsible for securely storing almost everything to do with the Facebook social graph.

DTO Solutions

Damon Edwards is the co-founder and managing partner of the DTO Solutions, a DevOps and operations improvement consultancy whose clients include leading SaaS, e-commerce, gaming, and financial services companies. Damon Edwards is also the co-founder of SimplifyOps, a provider of support and services for Rundeck users. Damon has spent over 14 years working on both the technology and business ends of IT operations. Damon is also a frequent conference speaker and writer who focuses on DevOps...

Presentation: CICD with Screwdriver
Sr Manager Software Engineering

Jithin is an Engineering Manager and Product Owner with Oath, leading an Open Source CICD project Screwdriver. He has been been a Software Engineer for over 10 years with a focus on front end engineering. Jithin leads the CICD efforts at his company, Oath and manages a centralized build infrastructure which involves technologies like Kubernetes, Docker, AWS etc.

Community Architect

Rikki Endsley is an editor and community architect for Opensource.com. Previously she worked as a community evangelist on the Open Source and Standards team at Red Hat. Other hats she has worn include: tech journalist; community manager for the USENIX Association; associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN, and Ubuntu User; and managing editor of Sys Admin magazine and UnixReview.com.

Presentation: Internet of Thingies
Network Manager
Willamette University

Ken is a jack of all trades from a network engineering background. He is a decent welder and mechanic, better than passing electronics enthusiast, network management nerd, open source advocate, data consumer, network engineer, sysadmin and public servant. Interests include building strange (neat!) things, exploring the world in 4x4s, HAM tech, search & rescue volunteer, and occasionally take photos of travel adventures. He runs many systems at Willamette University including the campus...

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: This is your community
Principal Engineer

Karthik Gaekwad is a Principal Engineer for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. He's been in many engineering roles inside Oracle and was on the product teams that released various container based products including Oracle Kubernetes Engine. He is a innovator in the devops, agile and container technologies. He is an author on LinkedIn Learning, a frequent presenter at conferences, and organizes many technical events including Devopsdays Austin. He frequently writes at cloudnative.oracle.com....

Software Engineer

Peter is a Software Engineer at Facebook AI Research (FAIR), where he helps build state-of-the-art AI research platforms. His background and interests lie at the intersection of distributed systems, machine learning algorithms and compiler engineering. Prior to Facebook he studied Computer Science at Technical University of Munich, interned at Google, Facebook and Bloomberg, and researched generative adversarial models in the context of computational biology at the Broad Institute of MIT and...

Executive Director
FreeBSD Foundation

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

Co-founder, CEO

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

He is a...

Founder + Creative Director

Ryan is a seasoned marketing and creative professional. He is the founder and creative director of Freehive (https://freehive.com), an experienced creative agency powered by free and open-source creative software that works exclusively with artists, illustrators, designers, and developers who share a passion for these tools. Prior to starting Freehive in 2010, he was a successful marketing executive and creative director at a consumer goods manufacturer and...

Presentation: eBPF Perf Tools 2019
Performance Architect

Brendan Gregg is a senior performance architect at Netflix, where he does large scale computer performance design, analysis, and tuning. He is the author of Systems Performance published by Prentice Hall, and received the USENIX LISA Award for Outstanding Achievement in System Administration. He has previously worked as a performance and kernel engineer, and has created performance analysis tools included in multiple operating systems, as well as visualizations and methodologies.

Red Hat Women in Open Source Academic Award Winner

Red Hat Women in Open Source Academic Award Winner 2017, Jigyasa Grover is an ardent open source enthusiast, Google Summer of Code 2015 and 2016 alumna from FOSSASIA and a budding researcher having worked at San Diego Supercomputer Center, National Research Council of Canada and Institute of Research & Development France. She has also briefly worked on anomaly detection framework in Facebook’s Ads system. A feminist by heart, she was involved as Director of Women Who Code and Lead of...

Redpill Linpro

Magnus Hagander is a member of the PostgreSQL Core Team and a developer and code committer in the PostgreSQL Global Development Group.

Magnus is one of the original developers of the Windows port of PostgreSQL. These days, he mostly works on other parts of the PostgreSQL backend, recently with a focus on security features, monitoring and backup/replication interfaces and tools.

He is also one of the core members of the postgresql.org infrastructure team, maintaining the servers...

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...

Software Engineer
No Affiliation

Christian has been involved in the Free Software community since the late 90's. He has worked on a wide range of desktop and server technologies for GNU/Linux. He worked on Gtk+ based applications while at VMware and Red Hat and contributes to GNOME and associated technologies. He is also the author of the official MonogoDB C driver.

In the summer of 2014, Christian quit his job to build a new IDE for the GNOME desktop, called Builder.

Presentation: Git Committed
Senior Cloud Engineer
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.

Data Scientist

Larry Hignight is a freelance Data Scientist with over ten years of professional software development experience in a diverse range of industries. He has worked at the following companies and universities: Boeing, ReachLocal, Gamblit Gaming, Adtalem Global Education, University of Southern California and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Presentation: The Great Escape
Procore Technologies

A Postgres Database Administrator at Procore Technologies with a background that spans integrations, online marketing reporting, construction, and finance. I'm most experienced in replication/DR/HA, query optimization, and schema management in a high load environment, both on-premise and in the cloud. 

Release Engineer
Head of Open Source

Brian Hsieh leads Open Source at Uber, managing strategy, governance, inbound and outbound licensing, developer advocacy, community building, and foundation relationships. He also leads the initiatives to evolve the open source culture at Uber. Brian holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He has held roles in research, engineering, management, and leadership positions throughout his career. Passionate about open source and organizational...

Software Engineer

Randall Hunt is a Senior Technical Evangelist and Software Engineer at Amazon Web Services in Los Angeles. Randall spends most of his time building demos and writing about new services and launches. Python is his favorite programming language but he can sometimes be found in the dark realm of C++. Prior to working at AWS, Randall launched rockets at NASA and SpaceX but he found his programming passion at MongoDB. He is a total space nerd.

Director, Developer Solutions
Couchbase, Inc.

Matt is an experienced web architect with a software development background. He has deep expertise in building, scaling and operating global-scale Java, Ruby on Rails and AMP web applications. He has been a contributor to the memcached project, one of the maintainers of the Java spymemcached client and a core developer on Couchbase. He is currently heading up Couchbase's work in getting the right bits needed for PHP, Java, .NET, Ruby and node.js developers (among others) by building the...

CTO, Community Leader and co-founder
Director of Communications
Crunchy Data

Jonathan S. Katz is the Director of Customer Success & Communications at Crunchy Data, the leading provider of trusted open source PostgreSQL technology, support, and training. Jonathan is also responsible for the advocacy efforts of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group, is a board member of the nonprofit United States PostgreSQL Association, and is a co-organizer of the NYC PostgreSQL User Group.

Jonathan enjoys building applications with PostgreSQL and revels in showing off...

Part of the team

I'm part of the team at Heroku, I've launched our Python support and currently work with our Postgres team.

Owner and Software Architect
Cloudgarden Software

Jonathan started out in academia, gaining degrees in Physics and Math and a PhD in Atmospheric Science.

Since then he has been involved in software projects in many different fields, forming his own company (Cloudgarden Software) in 2006 with products such as a library that implemented the Java Speech API and a GUI builder plugin for Eclipse (named Jigloo). Most projects involved databases and user interfaces on platforms from desktop, to web and mobile.

He has worked with...

NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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

Director of Evangelism

Sonya Koptyev is the Director of Evangelism at Twistlock. She has been driving community efforts across various development technologies since the early days of SharePoint and .NET. Sonya worked on building the Office developer community and the Microsoft AI developer community and bringing the latest in bleeding edge technologies into the hands of developers. As part of Twistlock, Sonya is looking to bring the world of secure cloud native development into the hands of every developer,...

Tempesta Technologies Inc

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

Distinguished Technologist
Software Freedom Conservancy

Bradley M. Kuhn is the Distinguished Technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy and is editor-in-chief of copyleft.org. As Free Software Foundation (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 Conservancy in 2006, was its primary...

Presentation: A Fine Kettle of Files
Open Source Engineer

Nisha is the maintainer of the Tern Project (github.com/vmware/tern). She advises on OSS compliance for containers at VMware. She also likes to fiddle with open hardware.

Chairman Xen Project Advisory Board / Director, Open Source, Citrix
Xen Project / Citrix

Lars Kurth had his first contact with the open source community in 1997 when he worked on various parts of the ARM toolchain. This experience led Lars to become a passionate open source enthusiast who worked with and for many open source communities over the past 19 years. Lars contributed to projects such as GCC, Eclipse, Symbian and Xen and became the open source community manager for Xen.org in 2011 and later chairman of the Xen Project Advisory Board.

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

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.


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.


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

Product Management Director
Red Hat

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

Director of Open Source and Community

John Mark Walker is the Open edX Community Lead for edX. He has been an open source community and ecosystems expert for 2 decades, starting with VA Linux Systems and SourceForge.net. He was the Gluster Community Leader at Red Hat, and was the product and community owner for ViPR Controller at EMC. He has written extensively on community, ecosystem and product management for OpenSource.com and Linux.com.

Technical Evangelist
Ell Marquez

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

Superuser (OpenStack Foundation)

Journalist and editor at home in the busy intersection of tech and everyday life, with a special interest in data and maps. More on both of those at https://www.zoomata.com An open-source proponent since more or less forever, I've been known to hand out recipes based on the four freedoms and worn a plushy penguin costume on a few occasions. I’m currently the editor for Superuser, a publication...

Software Architect

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

credativ Group

Michael Meskes is President and CEO of the credativ Group, an industry leader in free software services with offices in five countries. Its Open Source Support Center employs leading members of a number of Open-Source projects. He has been Open-Source developer on the committer level for twenty years working on different Open-Source projects among which Debian and PostgreSQL are most widely known. He also has done a lot of Open-Source related presentations on all sorts of events doing a lot...

Software Engineer
Red Hat

Urvashi Mohnani is a Software Engineer at Red Hat on the OpenShift Containers team. She has spent the past year developing emerging Open Source container technologies such as CRI-O, Buildah, and Podman.


Jeffry, currently, works at MayaData which sponsors the OpenEBS project. He has been in the storage industry for over 10 years and has done development work on traditional SAN/NAS storage solutions as well as scale out object-based storage systems. Before the container wave started, it was not uncommon to have storage separated into so-called multiple tenants, where each tenant has its own (virtual) storage system to their disposal. Now, with the container ecosystem taking off at a high pace...

Presentation: Latency SLOs Done Right
Developer Evangelist

Fred Moyer is a Developer Evangelist with Circonus.com, and is the world’s biggest IRONdb fan. Previously he was a Staff Engineer at Turnitin.com, where he helped to develop and scale their web services to handle deadline based submission surges. Fred is a 2013 White Camel award winner, an Apache Software Foundation member, and a longtime contributor in the open source community. He holds engineering undergraduate degrees from UC Davis, and a graduate engineering degree from University of...

Director, Cloud Evangelism
ActiveState Software

Diane Mueller is the Director, Cloud Evangelism for ActiveState. She has been designing & implementing financial applications at Fortune 500 corporations for over 20 years. Diane has been actively involved in OASIS/TOSCA cloud standards and XBRL financial data standard.

Sr. IT Specialist
L.A County Internal Services Department

With over 30 years of IT experience at the County of Los Angeles, Jon Neill has been a visionary and technology leader at both the Internal Services Department (ISD) and the Auditor-Controller. Jon is currently a Senior IT Specialist in ISD’s Customer Applications Branch leading the Data Analytics and Business Intelligence team. He is spearheading ISD’s transformation on how technology is delivered to its customers including Big Data, Agile, and DevOps programs, pushing the County towards...

Head of Open Source

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

Manager, SRE
The Walt Disney Company

I'm an SRE manager working on deploying scalable solutions for The Walt Disney Company. Previously I worked at DreamWorks Animation where I supported the render farm, core systems team, and new business initiatives. Making it easy to run applications well by providing a paved road w/ best practices built in.


Find me on Twitter @dontrebootme

Founder & Technical Fellow

Owen O’Malley is a co-founder and Technical Fellow at Hortonworks, which develops the completely open source Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). HDP includes Hadoop and the large ecosystem of big data tools that enterprises need for their data analytics. Owen has been working on Hadoop since the beginning of 2006 at Yahoo, was the first committer added to the project, and used Hadoop to set the Gray sort benchmark in 2008 and 2009. In the last 10 years, he has been the architect of MapReduce,...

software engineer
Red Hat, Inc.

Sally O’Malley (https://github.com/sallyom) is a Software Engineer at Red Hat. She has worked on various teams within OpenShift -
creating, deploying, and managing containers along the way.

Presentation: Intro to GitOps
Cloud Architect
Cloud Posse, LLC

Erik Osterman is a technical evangelist and insanely passionate DevOps guru with over 12 years of hands-on experience architecting systems for AWS. After leading major cloud initiatives at CBS Interactive as the Director of Cloud Architecture, he founded Cloud Posse, a DevOps professional services company that helps high-growth Startups and Fortune 500 Companies succeed in the cloud by leveraging Terraform and Kubernetes.

Director of Platform Software
SoftIron, Inc

Alan started programming when he was four years old on his dad's Commodore 64 and began using Linux in the mid-90s while in high school. He currently works for SoftIron, a Silicon Valley startup making the world's finest appliances for the data center, including scale-out storage hardware running Ceph. Alan is the creator and maintainer of M-Stack, a free and open source USB device stack for PIC micocontrollers, and HIDAPI, a cross-platform host-side USB HID library; and is a...

Senior Data Scientist
City of Los Angeles

About Hunter Owens

Hunter Owens is the Senior Data Scientist at the City of Los Angeles Information Technology Agency. Prior to joining the City, he worked for the University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science and Public Policy, KIPP NJ, and Obama for America. You can find on Github and Twitter

software engineer

Tim is a software engineer with over 20 years open source development experience. He currently is employed as a Senior Staff Engineer in VMware's Open Source Technology Center where he acts as an open source developer advocate and contributes to upstream projects such as kubernetes, including serving one the 1.10 through 1.13 release teams and leading the 1.12 release. In his past he's worked on the linux kernel, device drivers, distributions, software update, Android, OpenStack,...

Cloud Advocate
Neil Peterson

Neil Peterson is a datacenter and cloud enthusiast. With 15 years' experience in large datacenter deployment, management and maintenance operations, Neil now works as a cloud advocate delivering technical training, documentation, and samples with focus on Azure infrastructure, automation, and Kubernetes.

UI Designer/Developer
Krita Foundation

Scott is the user interface designer and developer for the open source painting application Krita. He has been a contributor for the past 5 years and wrote an award winning book in 2015 that you can find on Amazon. He has helped designed and develop everything from its animation system, layer management, brush editor, and many other design and UX improvements over the years. 

PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.

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

Head of Marketing

People person, technology enthusiast and all-things-open evangelist. I have managed and marketed communities for more than a decade, getting started in the KDE community, followed by working as openSUSE Community Manager at SUSE and moved with the other core contributors from ownCloud to Nextcloud. At Nextcloud I head up our marketing efforts,...

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.

Linux Fund

Khem Raj is a Linux architect at Comcast, helping several open source initiatives within the company: He is guiding the company's adoption of open source software, and becoming an active contributor to the open source components used in the RDK settop software stack. One of the most recent projects he has worked on is migrating RDK to an OpenEmbedded/Yocto-based framework for build system and embedded Linux distribution generation. He is also actively working on making the RDK community...

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...

Presentation: Dude, where's my byte?
Lead Software Engineer
Enova International

Sri is one of the Lead Software Engineers at Enova International, and co-organizer of the Chicago PostgreSQL User Group. He loves distributed systems data and evangelize better understanding of data structures, domains and models to foster sustainable design and architecture.

Sri has a Masters from Purdue University in Computer Engineering and wrote his thesis on Paxos based metadata management for Geo-Replicated Cloud Storage systems.

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.

Presentation: Lost in Userland
Senior Engineer
Verizon Digital Media Services

Will Rosecrans is a Senior Platform Engineer at Verizon Digital Media Services, where he works on the EdgeCast Content Delivery Network. As part of a team responsible for the care and feeding of thousands of Linux systems serving Terabits per second of Internet traffic, Will is always trying to make large and complicated systems go faster and work better. At VDMS, Will is the leader of an internal community dedicated to retiring legacy code, and dealing with technical debt.

Open Source Engineer
VMware, Inc

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

Principal Architect

 Alexander is a principal architect at Percona. 

Alexander worked with MySQL since 2000 as DBA and Application Developer. Before joining Percona he was doing MySQL consulting as a principal consultant for over 7 years (started with MySQL AB in 2006, then Sun Microsystems and then Oracle). He helped many customers design large, scalable and highly available MySQL systems and optimize MySQL performance. Alexander also helped customers design Big Data stores with Apache Hadoop and...

Software Engineer

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. Guinevere currently is a Kubernetes doula on the Delivery Team at GitHub, writing deployment automation tooling and keeping GitHub’s...

Software Engineer

Yuki is a Software Engineer in the Cloud Infrastructure team at Edmunds, where he builds highly resiliant and performant systems on the AWS platform. There, he leads the open source project ShadowReader, a serverless load testing framework being used every day at Edmunds. In his day to day, he works with technology like Docker, Kubernetes, and AWS Lambda.

Presentation: Migrating to PostgreSQL
Senior Data Systems Consultant
Sound Data

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

Manager, Systems Reliability Engineering
The Walt Disney Company

Brian Scott is an Manager of Systems Reliability Engineering at The Walt Disney Company, focusing on Customer SRE, Public Cloud, Automation, and promoting SRE best practices across the Enterprise. Supporting small and large applications in the cloud across all Disney segments. Has a strong passion for Golang and containerization and bringing the best experience to Disney’s guests.

Software Development Engineering

Nell Shamrell-Harrington is a Principal Software Development Engineer at Chef and member of the Habitat core team. Additionally, she is CTO of Operation Code, a non-profit dedicated to teaching military and veterans software engineering skills. She specializes in Chef, Ruby, Rails, Rust, Regular Expressions, and Test Driven Development and has traveled the world speaking on these topics. Prior to entering the world of software development, she studied and worked in the field of theatre. The...

Presentation: For Want of a Patch
Sr, Security Consultant

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

Open Source Engineer
Treasure Data

Eduardo Silva is a principal Open Source developer at Treasure Data Inc. It currently leads the efforts to make logging ecosystem more friendly between Embedded and Cloud Services. He also directs the Monkey Project organization which is behind the Open Source projects Monkey HTTP Server and Duda I/O. He is a known speaker in FLOSS events andd have serve as an organization administrator for Monkey Project organization for the Google Summer of Code program on 2012, 2013 and 2014. Eduardo have...


I have been working as a postgres DBA at OmniTI for almost 4 years. I completed my Masters in CS from University of Maryland in 2014, and current a Doctoral student researching data mining in cybersecurity.

Flight Software Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

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

Over the years, Michael has dabbled in big data research, ultra scale cloud...

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.

DevOps Advocate

Matty Stratton is a DevOps Advocate at PagerDuty, where he helps dev and ops teams advance the practice of their craft and become more operationally mature. He collaborates with PagerDuty customers and industry thought leaders in the broader DevOps community, and back when he drove, his license plate actually said “DevOps”.

Matty has over 20 years experience in IT operations, ranging from large financial institutions and internet firms. He is a sought-after speaker internationally,...

Executive Director
Free Software Foundation

John started working with GNU Press and the Free Software Foundation in 2003 and then became the FSF's first Campaigns Manager, working on outreach efforts like Defective by Design, BadVista, and PlayOgg. In 2011, John became the Executive Director after four years as Manager of Operations.

His background is mainly in the humanities, with an MFA in Writing and Poetics and a BA in Philosophy, but he has been spending too much time with computers and online communities since the...

Presentation: Cloud Custodian
Senior Principal Engineer
Capital One

Kapil is a Senior Principal Engineer at Capital One focused on accelerating best practices around adoption of cloud and containers. He started his career with open source communities, and never looked back. For several years, he spent time as a core developer and consultant with the plone and zope communities. He was a core developer on juju, an open source cross cloud orchestration and provisioning product from Canonical, leading the development of its first production release, UI, and...

Persea Consulting

Mary Thengvall is a connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally. She loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster communities and has been working with various developer communities for over 10 years. After several years of building community programs at O’Reilly Media, Chef Software, and SparkPost, she’s now consulting and contracting with companies looking to build out a Developer Relations strategy. She's also the author of the first book on...


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

DevOps Enthusiast
Vertical Sysadmin, Inc.

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

Sr. Principal Software Development Engineer
Oath, Inc. (Formerly Yahoo, Inc.)

Varun is a Senior Principal Engineer currently leading the design and development of a global Network Telemetry Platform @ Oath, Inc.. Over the course of his 20 year career, Varun has worked in a variety of management and technical roles in startups to web-scale companies, helping build and operate everything from embedded network devices to ad technology at Internet scale.

Presentation: Introduction to FPGAs
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...

Computer Information Systems Faculty
Mesa Community College
Director of Engineering

Mujib is a Director of Engineering at Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon. He leads the global teams responsible for providing service authentication, authorization, key management, access management, traffic protection, and UGC moderation solutions and infrastructure. Mujib also oversees the development of Athenz (www.athenz.io), an open source platform for X.509 certificate-based service authentication and fine-grained access control in dynamic infrastructures...

Docker Inc.

Stephen is a consultant working for Docker Inc. on the Open Container Initiative. Prior to that he has been a distinguished technologist (HPE), technical executive, a founder, a consultant, a writer, an international business person, a systems developer, a software construction geek, and a standards diplomat. He loves to build teams, and products that make customers ecstatic. He has worked in the IT industry since 1980 as both customer and vendor, working with open source for almost 25 years...

Technical Community Manager
Chef Software

Mandi Walls is Technical Community Manager at Chef. For Chef, she helps organizations increase their effectiveness using configuration management and modernizing IT practices. She is a long-time sysadmin focusing on large complex web systems.

PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.

Quinn Weaver is co-founder of PostgreSQL Experts, Inc., a Bay Area database consulting firm.

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.

Infrastructure Engineer
Professor of Computer Sciecne
Pasadena City College

Dr. Wilkinson completed undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Physics, all with honors, within three and a half years of high school. Upon completion of these degrees, he immediate pursued a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics at the University of California at Riverside. As part of this degree, he participated in the development of a model of a parasite that invests almond orchards. This model, and the corresponding software which Dr. Wilkinson wrote,...

2ndQuadrant, Inc.

Mark works at 2ndQuadrant as a consultant for English Speaking Territories, based out of Oregon. He is a Contributor to PostgreSQL, co-organizer of the Portland PostgreSQL User Group, and serves as a Director and Treasurer for the United States PostgreSQL Association.

Director of Storage Product Management

Steve Wong is senior level professional with over 20 years of experience in the fields of data communications, storage networking, enterprise networking, telecommunications, optical components, brand marketing, publishing, e-commerce, consumer package goods, and management consulting. Steve is currently the director of product management at iXsystems, the leading vendor of enterprise storage and server solutions driven by open source software. Steve is responsible for the company’s...

senior software engineer
Black Hills Information Security / Active Countermeasures
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...

HY Research LLC

Hunyue Yau from HY Research LLC (http://www.hy-research.com/) is an embedded Linux Consultant, software and hardware developer, and enthusiast with over 20 years of involvement in Linux. He has worked on numerous Linux architectures including x86 and ARM. Areas of interest include sensors, low power and small foot print for mobile, and embedded Linux devices with a focus on low level kernel and hardware details. Prior works include development of one...

Presentation: MySQL Query Optimization

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...