Speakers (2011)

    • Jim Jagielski

      Jim Jagielski President, Apache Software Foundation Sr. Consulting Software Engineer, Red Hat Inc.

      Jim is a well known and acknowledged expert and visionary in Open Source, an accomplished coder and frequent presenter on all things Web and Cloud related. He is best known as one of the developers and co-founders of the Apache Software Foundation and serves as President.

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    • Dave Stokes

      Dave Stokes MySQL Community ManagerOracle

      Dave Stokes has been using MySQL for over 15 years and has a wide background with Open Source software. He has worked for companies alphabetically ranging from the American Heart Association to Xerox and was made the Oracle's MySQL Community Manager in 2010.

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    • Dr. Sam Bowen

      Dr. Sam Bowen PresidentOpen Source Medical Software

      Dr. Samuel Bowen, MD, serves as President of the not-for-profit Open Source Medical Software and is the webmaster of both the home web pages for openmedsoftware.org and the OpenEMR project. He also writes and maintains the current documentation for the installation and use of OpenEMR.

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    • Chris Hinkley

      Chris Hinkley Senior Security EngineerFireHost

      As a FireHost Senior Security Engineer, Chris Hinkley maintains and configures FireHost network security devices, and develops policies and procedures to secure thousands of customer servers and websites. Hinkley has been with FireHost since the company’s inception and started as an interactive Web developer for FireHost’s predecessor, TargetScope.

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    • David Nalley

      David Nalley Community ManagerCloudStack

      David Nalley is currently employed by Cloud.com as the Community Manager for the CloudStack project. In addition he's a long time contributor to the Fedora Project, where among other things he is currently serving on the Fedora Project Board. He's also contributed to in various forms to Cobbler, Zenoss, Opengroupware.org, OLPC Math4, and Sahana.

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    • Jon 'maddog' Hall

      Jon 'madddog' Hall

      Jon ‘maddog’ Hall Executive DirectorLinux International

      During his career in commercial computing which started in 1969, Jon "maddog" Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager and educator.

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    • Deb Bryant

      Deb Bryant PrincipalDeb Bryant & Associates

      Deborah has earned an international reputation for expertise in the adoption and use of open source software and open development models in the public sector through her work in private and public industry and academia.

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    • Steven Grandchamp

      Steven Grandchamp CEOOpenLogic

      Steven Grandchamp has over twenty-five years of experience in the software industry, where he has served in executive roles for both vendor and IT customer organizations. He was formerly President and CEO of Information Management Research.

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    • John Mertic

      John Mertic Community ManagerSugarCRM

      John Mertic has been published in php|architect, IBM developerWorks, and the Apple Developer Connection, and is the author of two books: 'The Definitive Guide to SugarCRM: Better Business Applications' and 'Building on SugarCRM: Creating Applications the Easy Way'.

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    • Bryant Patten

      Bryant Patten Executive DirectorNational Center for Open Source in Education

      Bryant Patten has spent the last 20 years developing educational software and managing engineering departments. He has won several awards for software design. Bryant is currently bringing Open Source software solutions to schools to help maximize their technology dollars and close the digital divide between students of diverse economic backgrounds.

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    • whurley

      whurley Founder, whurleyvisionCTO, Chaotic Moon Studios

      We’re pretty sure IBM is exclusive in handing out awards, so it doesn’t actually surprise us that our Chief Technology Officer, William “whurley” Hurley, was named a Master Inventor by the world-renowned technology and consulting firm.

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    • Jay Batson

      Jay Batson Vice President, Co-FounderAcquia, Inc.

      Acquia is the second technology company Jay has founded, and is also his second commercial open-source effort (the previous having been Pingtel, acquired by Nortel)

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    • Steve Benjamin

      Steve Benjamin MayorColumbia, South Carolina

      Steve's family hails from Orangeburg, South Carolina. Like many African-American families in the 1960s, they moved north in search of greater opportunities for themselves and for their children. Steve spent his childhood in New York City. Thanks in large part to his parents' hard work and commitment to family, Steve was able to return to South Carolina and enroll at the University of South Carolina.

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    • Amos Blanton

      Amos Blanton Scratch Community Coordinator Lifelong Kindergarten group, MIT Media Lab

      As the Scratch Community Coordinator, Amos Blanton cultivates creativity, learning, and collaboration in the community of young people (ages 8 and up) who create and share interactive stories, games, and animations based on the Scratch programming environment. The Scratch website has over 500,000 registered users who've contributed more than 1.5 million projects.

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    • Mel Chua

      Mel Chua HackerRed Hat Community Leadership Team

      Mel Chua is a hacker. Over time, Mel has progressed from hacking hardware (electrical engineer) to code (software developer) to organizational cultures (OLPC community QA team lead). She now hacks communities of practice as a member of Red Hat’s Community Leadership Team.

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    • Jehiah Czebotar

      Jehiah Czebotar Lead Engineerbit.ly

      Jehiah Czebotar is the Lead Engineer at bit.ly where his natural interest in data collection and data mining have found a perfect fit. His interest in data has also lead him to publish a Personal Annual Report for the past 3 years. He has been developing web applications for the past 12 years on every level.

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    • John Diamond

      John Diamond CEO & Lead DeveloperCOR Entertainment

      John Diamond is the CEO and lead developer of COR Entertainment LLC, a company that was initially formed in 2006 that developed the popular open source game Alien Arena. His field of expertise is well rounded, as he is responsible for the code as well as the artwork for the games he designs.

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    • Corey 'Atmos' Donohoe

      Corey ‘Atmos’ Donohoe Deployer in ChiefGitHub

      Corey 'Atmos' Donohoe is a Ski Patrol ranger who helps deploy code for GitHub when he's not pulling people off the mountains of California on his bared back or in his teeth. Surrounded at all times by his sidekick snow dogs, atmos fights crime as well as bugs.

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    • Jeffrey Hammond

      Jeffrey Hammond Senior Analyst Forrester Research

      Covering ALM, Web 2.0/RIA and OSS, Jeffrey serves Application Development & Program Management professionals. He is a leading expert on software modeling techniques, integrated development environments, and the emergence of new rich Internet application development practices and tools.

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    • Leslie Hawthorn

      Leslie Hawthorn

      Leslie Hawthorn Open Source Outreach ManagerOregon State University's Open Source Lab

      Leslie Hawthorn has been honored with the 2010 OSCON Open Source Award and the 2010 National Center for Open Source in Education Award.

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    • Dan Housman

      Dan Housman Managing Director of Analytical ApplicationsRecombinant

      Dan was responsible for founding and building ChannelWave, a company that pioneered PRM (Partner Relationship Management) and ecommerce applications. His founding vision and leadership helped to establish a business with over $15M in annual sales providing solutions to help enterprise clients including Verizon, RIM/Blackberry, Arrow Electronics, and Hyundai.

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    • Bryan Johns

      Bryan Johns Community DirectorDigium

      Bryan Johns is the Community Director for Digium, the Asterisk company. In this role, Bryan works globally to foster growth and adoption of these technologies amongst developers, partners and commercial entities. Bryan manages a community around Asterisk and its associated technologies that numbers greater than 75,000 members.

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    • Dale Johnston

      Dale Johnston VP & CIOEdents & Avant

      Johnston oversees the Information Technology team as it implements systems that improve internal operations, enhancing the Company’s ability to deliver and maintain state-of the-art retail projects.

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    • Nathan Marz

      Nathan Marz Lead EngineerBackType

      Nathan Marz is the lead engineer at BackType where he builds analytics tools for social media.

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    • Dave McLoughlin

      Dave McLoughlin Senior IP AnalystOpenLogic

      Dave McLoughlin has been involved in open source software and standards for over 15 years. Currently he heads up open source software auditing services for OpenLogic. Prior to OpenLogic Dave held various technical sales and marketing positions with Netscape, Motive Communications, and Frame Technology.

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    • David O'Berry

      David O’Berry Director of Information Technology Systems & ServicesSC Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services

      David is a strong proponent of open sharing to facilitate secure code reuse, best practices, and in-depth security and visibility concepts in a collaborative environment as a fundamental requirement to a stronger digital ecosystem.

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    • Ravi Ravindra

      Ravi Ravindra Chief Technology ArchitectBlue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina

      Ravi is responsible for current and future technology architectures including Service Oriented Architecture for Blue Cross Blue Shield SC.

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    • David Riley

      David Riley PresidentAlembic Foundation

      Before the Alembic Foundation, David was CONNECT initiative lead for the Federal Health Architecture Program in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. His work at FHA resulted in the development and release of CONNECT and the formation of the CONNECT open source community.

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    • Dr. Dan Russler

      Dr. Dan Russler Vice President of Clinical InformaticsOracle

      Daniel C. Russler, M.D., is vice president of clinical informatics for Oracle. His current role at Oracle includes creating strategies for healthcare standards, healthcare training, and new product development in healthcare intelligence and healthcare information exchange.

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    • Dr. Iain Sanderson

      Dr. Iain Sanderson CMIO, Center for Health Quality | Director of the SC Clinial & Trnslational Research Institutes Biomedical Informatics Program

      Dr. Iain C. Sanderson, B.M, B. Ch. M.Sc, oversees the development of the clinical informatics infrastructure for HSSC and leads a program providing informatics services to support research through MUSC’s Clinical and Translational Science Award.

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    • Steve Sarsfield

      Steve Sarsfield Data Governance Imperative Author and BloggerTalend

      Steve Sarsfield is a leading author and expert in data quality and data governance. His book "The Data Governance Imperative" is a comprehensive exploration of data governance from the business perspective.

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    • Randy Senn

      Randy Senn CIOSCANA

      Randy has been employed by SCANA for 33 years. He initially assumed his current responsibilities as General Manager of Information Services and Technology in August of 2001 and in May of 2003 he was named Chief Information Officer for SCANA Services, Inc.

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    • Steve Sokol

      Steve Sokol Asterisk Marketing DirectorDigium

      Steve Sokol is the Marketing Director for Asterisk at Digium. In 2004 he co-founded AstriCon, the official Asterisk community conference and exhibition. Shortly thereafter he launched a highly successful Asterisk training venture. In 2007 both the training program and the conference were acquired by Digium.

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    • John Speakman

      John Speakman Chief Program OfficerCBIIT, National Cancer Institute

      John leads the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT)'s programs, including the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG®), a community-directed informatics program supporting molecular science, biobanking, in vivo imaging, clinical trials, population sciences and healthcare.

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    • Dr. Bob Sutor

      Dr. Bob Sutor Vice President of Open Systems and LinuxIBM

      Dr. Bob Sutor has the responsibility for driving the IBM strategy, sales enablement, and technical pre-sales for software running on Linux and other open source environments. Sutor also drives software interoperability initiatives with public sector partners around the world.

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    • Khushru Tata

      Khushru Tata CIOSouth Carolina Technical College System

      Khush Tata is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the SC Technical College System (which consists of sixteen Technical Colleges, a Center for Accelerated Technology Training and a System Office headquarters). Prior to coming to the System, Mr. Tata was employed with the SC Department of Insurance as CIO and the SC Governor's Office as Director of Information Technology.

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    • David Trask

      David Trask Technology Director & TeacherVassalboro Community School, Maine

      David Trask has been a teacher and technology director for over 20 years. He has been a champion and pioneer in the use of Linux and Open Source in the classroom. David is also the founder of the highly successful FOSSED conference held each year in the Northeast. In 2007, David was named the Maine Technology Educator of the Year.

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    • Allen Tucker

      Allen Tucker Professor EmeritusBowdoin College

      Since retiring from his “day job” in 2007, Professor Tucker has been teaching, writing about, and doing open source software development, especially for nonprofits and with undergraduate students as software team members. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the HFOSS Project. His most recent book, Software Development: An Open Source Approach (CRC Press, 2011), is a product of these recent activities

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    • Dr. David A. Wheeler

      Dr. David A. Wheeler Author & Open Source Software Security Expert

      Dr. David A. Wheeler is an expert on developing secure software and on open source software. His works include Secure Programming for Linux and Unix HOWTO, Fully Countering Trusting Trust through Diverse Double-Compiling (DDC), Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!, and How to Evaluate OSS/FS Programs.

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  • Testimonials


    • Chris Wanstrath

      Chris WanstrathCo-Founder, GitHub

      The speaker lineup at POSSCON is world-class.

    • Matt Asay

      Matt AsaySVP, Business Development

      POSSCON turned out to be a great event. Big thanks to Jeffrey Hammond, Lee Congdon, Mark Anzani and Deb Bryant for a great AM of panel discussion

    • debbryant

      Deborah BryantOregon State University Open Source Lab

      Thanks to Matt Asay for moderating our panel at POSSCON. Well worth the trip to South Carolina. Great regional event.

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      Bryant PattenExecutive Direcor, National Center for Open Source and Education

      The synergy between developers, business people, and teachers makes POSSCON pretty unique, I haven't really seen this anywhere else.

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      Jon 'maddog' HallExecutive Director, Linux International

      It was very nicely run and I think you did a bang-up job. You should all be proud of what you did.

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      Matt HudsonArt Director, Palmetto Computer Labs

      This is like nothing you've ever seen before.  You can look at the pictures, you can watch the videos... but just like a concert, you have to be there.