• Harper Reed

      Harper Reed CTOObama for America 2012

      Harper Reed is an engineer who builds paradigm-shifting tech and leads others to do the same. Harper loves using the enormity of the Internet to bring people together, whether as CTO of Obama for America, CTO at Threadless.com, or on his own projects. Harper and his team created Dashboard, a site that connects volunteer teams and acts as an online component of the field office. You can often find Harper playing with new technology, looking for something to hack, or enjoying life in Chicago with his amazing wife, Hiromi.

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    • Christian Heilmann

      Christian Heilmann Principal Developer EvangelistMozilla

      Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people and is now at Mozilla. Chris wrote and contributed to four books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more.

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    • Ted T'so

      Ted T’so Linux Kernel HackerGoogle

      Theodore Ts'o is the first North American Linux kernel developer, having started working with Linux in September, 1991. One of his first major projects was implementing POSIX job control in the 0.10 Linux kernel. He is the maintainer of the ext4 file system and the e2fsprogs utilities. He served as the CTO of the Linux Foundation in 2009. Starting in 2010, he has been employed by Google where he works on storage and file systems.

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    • Phil Robb

      Phil Robb Director of Networking SolutionsLinux Foundation

      Phil Robb is a widely respected expert in the area of open source strategy, business impact, and governance. He is frequently asked to speak at international technology and business events and he has been consulted by policy makers including the European Commission, and the United States Department of Justice as well as numerous high technology trade organizations. After twelve years at HP, Phil now serves at the Linux Foundation.

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    • Leigh Heyman

      Leigh Heyman Director, New Media TechnologiesExecutive Office of the President

      Leigh oversees the development and operations of WhiteHouse.gov, We The People, and all of the White House’s Drupal-based websites and applications. His team provides a secure, stable, and scalable technical infrastructure across the White House’s web, social media, and mobile platforms, supporting the President's communications objectives. Leigh's fifteen years of experience cover all aspects of system management of high-profile online engagement platforms in both the private and public sectors, including work for Blue State Digital and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

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    • Nobuo Kita

      Nobuo Kita President & CEOSIOS

      Nobuo Kita is the president and CEO of SIOS Technology Group. SIOS Technology, headquartered in Tokyo, is an IT infrastructure and web application software development company and a leader in open source software. SIOS Technology went public in 2004 and its stock is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Nobuo is also on the board of directors and is the founder of Mozilla Japan, an affiliate of Mozilla Foundation/Mozilla Corp., the world’s most successful open source software development organization. Nobuo is also on the board of directors of Seasar Foundation, the largest open source software developers’ community in Japan.

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    • Mark Driver

      Mark Driver Vice President and Research DirectorGartner Research

      Mark Driver has been with Gartner Research since 1998 and is currently a Vice President and Research Director specializing in both application development technologies as well as open-source software trends and strategies. Within Gartner, Mr. Driver serves as a principal analyst for the Java and Microsoft .NET software development platforms. Mark is also the lead analyst within Gartner on the topic of open-source software. Within this agenda, he covers the business and technical issues of the open-source software model -- including open-source corporate governance strategies, business strategies, risk management, market impact, and ‘open innovation’ development models.

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    • Allan Foster

      Allan Foster Founding MemberForgeRock

      Allan Foster is a founding member of ForgeRock, bringing skills used throughout the identity management space, in particular Access Management, Federation, and Portal Architectures. Allan is based in Portland, Oregon, and has worked with ForgeRock's products and their prior versions at Sun Microsystems for a number of years. He has 25 years of experience in the development, internet, and identity management spaces, with a career spanning Apple Computer, Netscape, AOL, Guru Associates, Sun Microsystems, and ForgeRock. Allan has spoken at numerous technical conferences globally.

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    • Bdale Garbee

      Bdale Garbee Technologist and Community Builder

      A contributor to the Free Software community since 1979, Bdale's background also includes many years of hardware design, Unix internals, and embedded systems work. He was an early participant in the Debian project, helped port Debian GNU/Linux to 5 architectures, served as Debian Project Leader, is chairman of the Debian Technical Committee, and remains active in the Debian community. In 2012, Bdale retired from HP, where he served as Chief Technologist for Open Source and Linux.

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    • 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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    • Bradley M. Kuhn

      Bradley M. Kuhn President & Executive DirectorSoftware Freedom Conservancy

      Kuhn is a highly sought-after speaker, a regular speaker at OSCON and Linux Foundation events. Kuhn has 13 years of experience in the Free Software non-profit sector. He is currently Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Until 2010 he was the FLOSS Community Liaison and Technology Director of the Software Freedom Law Center. Kuhn previously served as the Executive Director of Free Software Foundation from 2001 until March 2005 and was elected to the FSF's board of directors in March 2010.

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    • Dru Lavigne

      Dru Lavigne Director of Community DevelopmentiXsystems

      Dru Lavigne is the Director of Community Development at iXsystems and leads the documentation teams for the FreeNAS and PC-BSD projects. She is author of BSD Hacks, The Best of FreeBSD Basics, and The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD. She is founder and current Chair of the BSD Certification Group Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to create the standard for certifying BSD system administrators, and serves on the Board of the FreeBSD Foundation.

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    • Jonathan LeBlanc

      Jonathan LeBlanc Emmy Award Winning Engineer & O'Reilly AuthorPayPal

      Jonathan LeBlanc is a principal technology evangelist, Emmy award winning software engineer, and author of the O'Reilly book "Programming Social Applications". Specializing in open source initiatives around the implementation of social engagement services, Jonathan works with and promotes emerging technologies to aid in the adoption and utilization of new social development techniques, such as his work on the OpenSocial foundation board.

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    • Sergey A. Razin

      Sergey A. Razin Chief Technical OfficerSIOS

      A native of Moscow, Sergey currently serves as the CTO for SIOS Technology Corporation. Sergey is an active contributor to a number of open source initiatives in spaces of speech recognition, telephony, and C++ libraries. Throughout his academic and professional career Sergey served roles of Principal Investigator (PI), leader in research, development as well as architecture in areas of big data analytics, speech recognition, telephony, and networking.

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    • Ines Sombra

      Ines Sombra Lead Data EngineerEngine Yard

      Ines Sombra is the Lead Data Engineer at Engine Yard, where she spends her time thinking about the provisioning, configuration, and backups of data stores. Her current mission is to expand the Engine Yard database offerings and incorporate exciting NoSQL data stores. Being a true Argentinean, she also has a fondness for Steak and Fernet.

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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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    • Ryan Szrama

      Ryan Szrama VP of Community Development, Commerce GuysAuthor, The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7

      Ryan got his start in open source software development through an online sales company based in Louisville, KY, hacking on their osCommerce installation and contributing early Google Checkout and QuickBooks Web Connector integrations. There he nursed Ubercart through its infancy to its use on over 20,000 websites as the project maintainer and community face of the project. Ryan joined Commerce Guys in 2009, continuing to lead Ubercart until the company started afresh with Drupal Commerce, an eCommerce framework built to take advantage of the best features Drupal 7 has to offer.

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    • Roel Van de Paar

      Roel Van de Paar QA LeadPercona

      Roel Van de Paar leads QA at Percona - A prominent MySQL services company. Before joining Percona, Roel contributed significantly to the QA infrastructure at Oracle. Roel has a varied background in IT, backed up by many industry leading certifications. He also enjoys time with God, his young family, or heading out and about camping & kayaking.

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    • Italo Vignoli

      Italo Vignoli DirectorThe Document Foundation

      Italo Vignoli is one of the founders and a member of the Board of Directors of The Document Foundation, with responsibility for marketing and communication. He is also an international spokesman for the project. From September 2004 to the end of 2010 he was a member of the OpenOffice.org marketing project. He is also a member of Assoli, the Italian association of Free Software advocates.

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    • Tom Wilson

      Tom Wilson President and Lead TechnologistJack Russell Software

      Tom Wilson started hacking on computers at the early age of 9, has worked as a software developer since the early 90's, and has been building large scale and complex healthcare web applications for over a decade. Tom loves to teach as much as he loves to learn. Everywhere he has worked, he has always focused on improving the developer's skills as much as delivering quality software. Tom has given many talks and workshops, and is an active member in the Charleston Software Development Community. He leads the Charleston Ruby Group and is the founder of the Charleston Javascript Group.

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    • Peter Zaitsev

      Peter Zaitsev Founder and CEOPercona

      A native of Moscow, Peter first became a MySQL user in 1998 and quickly became both a technologist and manager in some of Russia's early, large MySQL installations. Peter was personally recruited in 2002 by MySQL's founder to manage the High Performance Group within the MySQL Support Team. Peter founded Percona in 2006 and has guided it from a two-person, bootstrapped startup to a worldwide organization with an international reputation for high quality MySQL software and services.

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    • Zohar Babin

      Zohar Babin Developer Relations and Community ManagerKaltura

      Passionate about People, Ideas, Technology and Video. Always ready to chat about innovative ideas or creative solutions. Zohar is a community technology activist and programmer. Among his interests are the study of communities, collaboration, open source, digital art, Video and 3D. A fellow manager of flashoo.co.il, the Israeli Flash Platform developer community, founder of WebiTalks the Israeli web developer community and frequent speaker at web events worldwide.

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    • John Barco

      John Barco VP of Product ManagementForgeRock

      John has more than 20 years of experience building innovative products for enterprise customers with focus on identity and access management for the last 12 years. Prior to joining ForgeRock, he served as Sr. Director of Product Management for the Identity Management group at Sun Microsystems. John has also held leadership positions at iPlanet, Silicon Graphics, NComputing, and IronKey. He holds a degree in industrial engineering from Missouri State University.

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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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    • Christopher Clark

      Christopher Clark Director of Information TechnologySparkfun Electronics

      I began as the sole IT professional at SparkFun Electronics when it was very small and now manage a diversified staff of fourteen. During the past several years my responsibilities have grown from initially developing our internal ERP system to overseeing the rapid scaling of our growing business in all aspects of information technology.

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    • Lindsay Craig

      Lindsay Craig Educational Outreach CoordinatorSparkFun Electronics

      Lindsay has taught technology for 11 years to students ranging from 2 to PhD. Topics he has covered include rudimentary programming, animation (3D and 2D), game design, video and sound editing, soldering in many forms, sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, wireless networks as well as other overarching prototyping skills. Lindsay was nominated for Colorado Top Tech Teacher in 2009 and co-founded SparkFun Electronics’ Department of Education in 2011. The National Center for OpenSource and Education presented his free educational material at the FOSSEd and OSCON conferences in 2011.

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    • Tasha Drew

      Tasha Drew Product ManagerEngine Yard

      Tasha Drew is a product manager for Engine Yard, where professional endeavors have included founding the customer success team, providing account management for the top 100 accounts, handling all emergency/outage customer communication, working with the engineering team to bring riak to the cloud as a part of the next generation of the PaaS offering, and attempting to explain to a frazzled federal agent exactly what the cloud is. She is often accompanied on her travels by a tiny but opinionated Engine Yard panda.

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    • Brad Dunbar

      Brad Dunbar DeveloperPathable

      Brad Dunbar is a javascripter and front end engineer at Pathable Inc. As a native South Carolinian, he has written code for the web in and around Columbia since he graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007. He now spends his free time helping to maintain several open source projects, including Backbone and Underscore. You can usually find him knee deep in the issues for those projects, or chatting it up with passers by on IRC.

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    • Tracey Erway

      Tracey Erway Product Marketing ManagerIntel

      Tracey Erway joined Intel as an embedded systems developer and RTOS maintainer. She was on the original Intel.com team and personally developed Intel's embedded division's first website. She's currently the product marketing manager for Intel's interests in the Yocto Project, the MinnowBoard, and the Advocacy team lead for the Advisory Board of the Yocto Project. She speaks on "How to Market Open Source Projects" and is on a keynote panel at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in April. Tracey has been with the Open Source Technology Center at Intel for 5 years. Originally from the east coast, she now resides on a horse farm in Oregon.

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    • Gary Fredericks

      Gary Fredericks Software DeveloperGroupon

      Gary Fredericks lives in Chicago and works on internal tools for Groupon, where he spends most of his time whining about object-oriented programming. In his spare time he experiments with using computers to better demonstrate and understand abstract concepts from math and computer science.

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    • Wim Godden

      Wim Godden Owner & Lead ArchitectCu.be Solutions

      Wim Godden has been working with PHP since 1996. In 1999, he developed the advertising software phpAdsNew (now OpenX) and in the years following worked with a wide range of technologies (from PHP over database clusters to Internet backbone infrastructure design). Since 2005, he's been involved in the construction of several large PHP-based CMS and CRM systems and has served as team lead and system/software architect at some of the largest Belgian companies.

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    • Travis Goldie

      Travis Goldie 

      Travis has worked at SIOS Technology Corp. as a QA engineer for over a year testing on both Windows and Linux systems. Using his experience as a developer and as QA engineer, he collaborates to answer the question "Does this make sense?". Travis is championing the open source initiative working to build a community around LifeKeeper's plugins called "Application Recovery Kits". He is developing a comprehensive test framework (built with Python) to test the Windows based replication product, DataKeeper. He graduated in 2010 from USC with a BS in Mathematics with Distinction.

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    • Jason Hibbets

      Jason Hibbets Project Manageropensource.com

      Jason has run two CityCamps in Raleigh and has spoken at conferences around the country about the principles of open source and the community around it, including Drupalcon, Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), and Southeast Linux Fest (SELF). Jason has been with Red Hat since 2003 and graduated from North Carolina State University. He’s been applying open source principles in neighborhood organizations in Raleigh for several years, highlighting the importance of transparency, collaboration, and community building. In his spare time he enjoys surfing, gardening, watching football, participating in local government, blogging for South West Raleigh @ southwestraleigh.com, and training his Border Collies. He can be followed on Twitter: @jhibbets.

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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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    • Jeremy Martin

      Jeremy Martin Developer & Open Source EvangelistSPARC

      Jeremy Martin is a perpetual developer and Open Source Evangelist at SPARC, the creator of devsmash.com, and husband to the greatest gal on the planet. He's an active member of the Open Source community with contributions to projects like Node.js and Bootstrap, as well as several projects of his own. He's especially grateful that server-side JavaScript has gained traction lately, since he's been betting his job on it since 2009.

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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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    • Adrian Michael Nida

      Adrian Michael Nida Senior Linux AdministratorHealth Sciences South Carolina

      Adrian earned a BS in Computer Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering from USC's College of Engineering and Information Technology. He is currently a PhD student in Bioinformatics at MUSC where he is using Open Source Technologies to determine whether patients should be diagnosed for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. In addition, he is the Senior Linux Administrator for Health Sciences South Carolina, a statewide collaboration seeking to improve healthcare around the state. He also participates in his local Linux Users and Google Developer Groups, and has led the effort to plan Charleston's BarCamp.

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    • Diane Petersen

      Diane Petersen Graduate StudentOregon Health and Science University

      Diane Petersen received a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy in 1992 from the University of Iowa. She currently is a candidate for a Masters of Biomedical Informatics at Oregon Health and Science University, graduation expected March 2013. The work described in this presentation is the result of a three month experiential internship mentored by Dr. Bowen.

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    • Erik Rothwell

      Erik Rothwell Senior Software Architect & DeveloperLife Cycle Engineering

      Erik currently hold a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Physics, as well as a B.S. in Business Administration from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Erik was presented a personal letter of recommendation from Commander Riggins, the Commanding Officer of SOCOM, for his work on the GROUND Variant for the SOCOM/JWTS Program. He also received a Meritorious Award from the U.S. Government's IG Auditor for a "State of the Art Property System" which he was instrumental in from design stages through implementation.

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    • Jim Salter

      Jim Salter System Administrator

      Jim is a voracious open source advocate, technologist and author. He first chose open source in 1999 when he ran Apache on FreeBSD, set up his first FreeBSD server from scratch in 2001 and first installed an open source product professionally, FreeBSD 4.5 and Samba over an old Windows NT 3.5 Server, in 2002. In 2004 he founded FreeBSDwiki.net, subtitled “FreeBSD For The Impatient”, as an open documentation project available to the public. It now has over 500 articles, over 30,000 edits, and 10,000+ unique visitors per month with 65% of content being self-authored. For many years it was one of the top 1,000 top/busiest wikis on the planet as measured by number of edits. Since 2003 he has operated his own system administration and application development company implementing hundreds of open source solutions for a wide variety of clients.

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    • Andrew Slice

      Andrew Slice Software DeveloperSIOS

      Andrew is currently working on his MS in Computer Science at the University of South Carolina with a focus on parallel computing. A long time Debian user, his home contains the following devices: NAS4Free (FreeBSD) for home network storage, Damn Small Linux for DHCP and DNS, Debian on a Raspberry Pi as a media center, a Xubuntu netbook for web surfing, and a high performance Debian machine for CUDA development.

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    • Don Taylor

      Don Taylor Chief Technology OfficerBenefitfocus

      Don Taylor is responsible for the technology direction of Benefitfocus. A software industry veteran of more than 25 years, Taylor brings expertise in the healthcare, banking and logistics industries. Prior to joining Benefitfocus, Taylor was the Founder and CTO for Boxcar Central, Inc. whose product was delivered as a Software as a Service multi-tenant suite of applications to the third-party logistics market. With the unique ability to translate a technology vision into enterprise value, Taylor has demonstrated his unwavering passion for delivering value to the customer.

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    • Jarrell Waggoner

      Jarrell Waggoner Ph.D. StudentUniversity of South Carolina

      Jarrell is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina, and manages the Open IT Lab and associated projects. He is a developer, and ardent supporter of free software using a variety of open source languages, operating systems, and frameworks. His open-source projects and contributions can be found on github and at malloc47.com.

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    • Charlie Watson

      Charlie Watson VolunteerSC Labs

      Charlie Watson is the volunteer coordinator for SC Labs. This small grass roots team is utilizing open source software in their efforts to close the digital divide in the South Carolin Lowcountry. This venture provides education and computer access to economically underdeveloped areas and promotes growth and sustainability.

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    • Robert H. Williams

      Robert H. Williams AttorneyRogers Townsend & Thomas

      Robert graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. Before attending law school, Robert worked on numerous construction projects in the Charlotte region, including performing design, construction management, and environmental assessment functions. While in law school, Robert earned the CALI Award in Administrative Law. Prior to joining Rogers, Townsend, and Thomas, Robert worked for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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    • Boyd Wilson

      Boyd Wilson Executive DirectorOmnibond

      Boyd is an executive at Omnibond Systems, LLC. In addition to his other responsibilities, he leads software development and architecture of various projects that include OrangeFS, Identity Management and Library Content Management and some future projects in the hopper. He holds a Computer Science degree with an Education Concentration from Miami University.

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    • Shawn Briscoe

      Shawn Briscoe Director, Open Source Strategic ServicesBlack Duck Software

      Shawn Briscoe has over a decade of experience in enterprise use and adoption of open source software, open source ecosystems, and strategies for monetizing open source technology. Shawn helps clients use open source technologies and methods to achieve their business and technology goals.

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      Grant Shipley OpenShift PaaS EvangelistRed Hat

      Grant Shipley is an OpenShift PaaS Evangelist at Red Hat focused on cloud technologies. Prior to that, Grant was a Manager of Software Development with responsibilities over the website and supporting infrastructure. Grant has over 15 years of software development experience focusing on Java and PHP. In his free time, he contributes to several open source projects as well as developing iOS applications. Grant has been using Linux on a daily basis since 1994 and is active in the FOSS community.

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    • Chris Wanstrath

      Chris WanstrathCo-Founder, GitHub

      The speaker lineup at POSSCON is world-class.

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      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

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

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      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.