This year we have teamed up with Verizon Wireless and are happy to have the opportunity to give away Samsung® Galaxy Tabs to 3 very lucky attendees.
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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. As one of the world’s leading authorities on open source, open innovation, and augmented reality,Whurley has received numerous other awards including (but not limited to) IBM Pervasive Computing Award and Apple Computer Design Award. Our technology genius holds 11 patents as well as co-founded iPhoneDevCamp, iPadDevCamp and BarCampAustin. He’s requested worldwide to serve as guest speaker at conferences and is a frequent interviewee for BusinessWeek, Wired, Science Channel, New Scientist Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Computerworld, LinuxWorld, eWeek, InfoWorld, CBS News and The Associated Press. You can Google him, and just see for yourself.
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. He also serves on the board for the Outercurve Foundation. Jim works for Red Hat as Senior Consulting Software Engineer under the office of the CTO.
Dr. Bob Sutor is the Vice President of Open Systems and Linux for the IBM Corporation. In this role he has the responsibility for driving the IBM strategy, sales enablement, and technical pre-sales for software running on Linux and other open source environments. He works with customers, partners, government leaders, analysts, and the press to understand the value of adopting business-critical open source and Linux. He leads new software-based Linux growth initiatives with a global team of software engineers, architects, and sales and marketing professionals. Sutor also drives software interoperability initiatives with public sector partners around the world.
Bdale currently serves as Chief Technologist for Open Source and Linux at HP. His background includes many years on both UNIX internals and embedded systems. He helped jump-start ports of Debian GNU/Linux to 5 architectures other than i386, served as Debian Project Leader, and is currently chairman of the Debian Technical Committee. Bdale is President of Software in the Public Interest, and serves on the board of the Linux Foundation.
When Bdale isn't busy keeping his basement computer farm full of oddball systems running Linux working, he can often be found tinkering with electronics, building pieces for amateur satellites or designing open hardware avionics for high power model rockets.
Gianugo Rabellino is the Senior Director for Open Source Communities at Microsoft. He is also a Vice President of the Apache XML Project Management Committee and Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Sourcesense.
Gianugo has a deep understanding of open source technologies and platforms, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the group of passionate and committed individuals who share his same enthusiasm for interoperability and openness between Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms.
My name is Joe Brockmeier, though a lot of friends call me Zonker. No exciting story behind the nick, I’m afraid — it goes back to an “underground” newspaper I worked on in college.
I’m a Software Freedom advocate and enthusiast. I’ve been using Linux since 1996 when I discovered Slackware Linux, and have been working with Linux and writing about it since about 1999.
I write or have written for Linux Magazine, Sys Admin, IBM developerWorks, Linux Weekly News, Enterprise Linux Magazine, NewsFactor, ComputorEdge, Corante, ZDNet, Unix Review, NewsForge.com, Linux.com, OStatic.com, Ars Technica, OStatic, and a few other publications that slip my mind at the moment. I’ve also written and contributed to books about Slackware Linux, DocBook, Linux Networking, and other open source topics.
From 2008 through early 2010, I worked with Novell as the openSUSE Community Manager.
I am currently self-employed and working with a number of interesting clients on writing projects, and devoting a more time to helping free software projects. I’m a member of the GNOME Foundation and the GNOME PR team lead.
Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of Linux International (www.li.org), an association of computer users who wish to support and promote the Linux Operating System. During his career in commercial computing which started in 1969, Mr. Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager and educator.
He has worked for such companies as Western Electric Corporation, Aetna Life and Casualty, Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation, VA Linux Systems, and SGI. He currently works as an independent consultant, and is the CTO and Ambassador for VizzEco (www.Vizzeco.com) a Canadian firm that is involved with bringing environmentally friendly computing to emerging marketplaces.
Mr Hall has worked on many systems, both proprietary and open, having concentrated on Unix systems since 1980 and Linux systems since 1994, when he first met Linus Torvalds and correctly recognized the commercial importance of Linux and Free and Open Source Software.
He has taught at Hartford State Technical College, Merrimack College and Daniel Webster College.
Mr. Hall is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, many presentations and one book, "Linux for Dummies".
Mr. Hall has consulted with the governments of China, Malaysia and Brazil as well as the United Nations and many local and state governments on the use of Free and Open Source Software.
Mr. Hall serves on the boards of several companies, and several non-profit organizations.
Mr. Hall has traveled the world speaking on the benefits of Open Source Software, and received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University, and his MSCS from RPI in Troy, New York.
Walter Bender is founder and executive director of Sugar Labs, a non-profit
foundation. In 2006, Bender co-founded the One Laptop per Child, a
non-profit association with Nicholas Negroponte and Seymour Papert. As
director of the MIT Media Laboratory, Bender led a team of researchers in
fields as varied as tangible media to affective computing to lifelong
kindergarten. In 1992, Bender founded the MIT News in the Future
consortium, which launched the era of digital news.
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). Jay's passion is to build great companies that build products that make users happy. So at Acquia, he searches out new products and service opportunities the company can offer its customers to make Drupal more valuable to those who use it. Jay earned his JD from University of Denver.
Nathan Marz is the lead engineer at BackType where he builds analytics tools for social media. BackType collects many terabytes of data from Twitter, Facebook, social news sites, millions of blogs, and provides analytics on this data in real-time. Nathan has spoken at conferences such as Cloud Connect, the Hadoop Summit, Hadoop Day, and Strange Loop about his work.
Nathan does most of his work using the Clojure programming language and is the author of numerous open source projects, most notably Cascalog and ElephantDB. He is an expert in building realtime Big Data systems and is working on a book on the subject for Manning Publications.
Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanmarz. He maintains a blog at http://nathanmarz.com/ where he writes about software, startups, and technology.
John Speakman serves as Chief Program Officer of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. John leads 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.
John joined NCI in September 2006 to lead its clinical products and programs, and moved to his current role in October 2010. Prior to NCI, John worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City, U.S.A., where he joined and subsequently led a team responsible for the design and development of MSKCC’s pioneering clinical research informatics systems. John joined MSKCC from St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, then part of the United Medical and Dental Schools, part of the University of London, in the UK.
David is a committed entrepreneur with startup experience in the private sector and large scale IT projects in the federal sector. He is recognized for his skill in bringing together and managing diverse groups with competing interests. These effective collaborations then take on large, complex problems and produce practical solutions in a reasonable timeframe and within budget.
Before becoming a founding principle for the Alembic Foundation, David was CONNECT initiative lead for the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) Program in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). In this role, he coordinated numerous, diverse federal agencies, states and private sector organizations to enhance health information sharing on a nationwide basis. His work at FHA resulted in the development and release of the CONNECT software, as well as in the formation of the CONNECT open source community.
Prior to joining the FHA team, David served as the Chief, Technology Discovery and Insertion for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs..
Mr. Riley is an Air Force Trained Primary Care Physician Assistant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine. He served in the United States Air Force and was deployed during the Persian Gulf War.
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.
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, and as a result have used and
contributed to open source libraries in nearly every programming
Jehiah primarily programs in Python, C and TCL. His favorite libraries
to use and contribute to are the python tornado framework and the C
simplehttp framework on top of libevent.
An internationally known Open Source advocate, Leslie Hawthorn brings more than 10 years experience in high tech project management, marketing and public relations to her role as Open Source Outreach Manager at Oregon State University's Open Source Lab. She also serves as an advisor to the Humanitarian FOSS Project and on the Editorial Board for the Open Source Business Resource. Most recently, she has been honored with the 2010 OSCON Open Source Award and the 2010 National Center for Open Source in Education Award.
Leslie previously worked as a Program Manager for Google’s Open Source Programs Office, where she was responsible for the company’s FOSS outreach efforts, most notably the Google Summer of Code program and Google Highly Open Participation contest (now known Google Code-in). You can follow her adventures on identi.ca (@lh) or Twitter (@lhawthorn) or read her personal blog at http://hawthornlandings.org
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. Steve runs an award winning and world recognized blog called the Data Governance and Data Quality Insider. Steve draws practical wisdom and inspiration from his colleagues at Talend and its customers as they venture into their own data governance projects.
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. Jeffrey holds a B.S. in economics (finance) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Deborah Bryant is the Public Sector Communities Manager at Oregon State University's Open Source Lab (OSU OSL) and chairs the annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON). 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.
Deborah pioneering efforts were recently acknowledged when she was awarded a prestigious O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2010 Open Source Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in building open source communities and advocating its use in government. Her background includes over twenty years of management experience in information technology in the private and public sectors.
Deborah serves on numerous boards with an emphasis on open source as enabling an technology; Board Director for DemocracyLab.org; Board Advisor for the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation; Board Advisor for the Oregon Virtual School District; National Steering Committee for Open Source for America; Board Advisor to Code for America (CfA); Board Advisor to CivicCommons; Member of CrisisCongress; Advisory Council Member, Intrahealth International.
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.
Prior to joining Digium, Bryan spent nearly 20 years in and around the businesses of technology and telecommunications. He has started, grown and sold a handful of web application development and VoIP technology businesses and in 2004, found a home in the disruptive world of open standards and open source telecommunications platforms.
Bryan is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he works when he's not out and about evangelizing open source communications.
Dr. Iain C. Sanderson, B.M, B. Ch. M.Sc, is the Chief Medical Information Officer for the Center for Health Quality (CHQ), and the Director of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute’s (SCTR) Biomedical Informatics Program. CHQ is one of several funded SC Centers of Economic Excellence affiliated with Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC). Sanderson's primary role is to oversee the development of the clinical informatics infrastructure for HSSC and to lead a program providing informatics services to support research through MUSC’s Clinical and Translational Science Award. Among the ongoing projects are a Clinical Data Warehouse, an Enterprise Master Patient Index, an electronic IRB application, a researcher portal, a Clinical Trials Management System and various tools and websites to support the research enterprise.
Dr. Sanderson came from Duke University, where he served in the Department of Anesthesiology for 15 years and later as an Associate Chief Information Officer for the Duke University Health System. He was responsible for clinical information systems in the perioperative areas of all the Duke affiliated hospitals. Sanderson is the developer of a software portal, ORview, winning the ComputerWorld Honor Program's 21st Century Achievement Award for Medicine in 2006.
Sanderson received a BA in Physiology, Oxford University, England, and his medical degree (B.M, B.Ch.) from the Oxford University Medical School. He subsequently received a Master of Science in the Foundations of Advanced Information Technology from Imperial College in London, England. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the John Radcliffe and other Oxford-affiliated hospitals. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaethetists and is Board Certified in Anesthesiology in the USA.
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.
Amos has been a member of the open source software community since 2003, and helped develop the Scratch package for Linux. Prior to joining the Scratch Team, Amos worked as an engineer, teacher, and family systems therapist and has been active in the self-directed education movement.
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.
John Mertic is a senior software engineer and serves as the partner and community developer liaison at SugarCRM, having several years of experience with PHP web applications. At SugarCRM, he has specialized in data integration, mobile and user interface architecture. An avid writer, he has been published in php|architect, IBM Developerworks, and in the Apple Developer Connection, and is the author of the book 'The Definitive Guide to SugarCRM: Better Business Applications'. He has also contributed to many open source projects, most notably the PHP project where is the creator and maintainer of the PHP Windows Installer.
Dave Stokes has been using MySQL for over 15 years and has a wide background with Open Source software. He started his computer career as a second shift operator on a DEC 2020. 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
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. John also is a senior developer at Orange Technologies Inc, where he has worked for nearly twenty years developing closed source CAD applications.
His field of expertise is well rounded, as he is responsible for the code as well as the artwork for the games he designs. He believes firmly in the open source model for game engines, as well as the use of open source tools such as Blender, Radiant, and others in order to create commercial quality game art. His notable releases include Alteria (2001), CodeRED (2002, 2003), Alien Arena (2004-2011), as well as the CADPIPE product line (1996-2011). His code work ranged from OpenGL rendering, to GUI, to physics using the Open Dynamic Engine, and everything in between.
John was born in Baltimore in 1966, attended Loyola College (Electrical Engineering) and Towson State University (Computer Science). His fascination with computers and gaming began while in high school in rural Maryland, beginning with writing Apple IIC ports of his favorite arcade games such as Centipede and Donkey Kong, continuing on with the Commodore 64. In the early 90's he discovered the id Software games and began modifying them. When id Software released their source code to the public, John immediately began tinkering with and expanding on it, using it as a base for his own gaming engine while gaining an acute appreciation for the open source credo.
John is married and currently resides in Manchester, Maryland with two cats and an army of computers.
David Trask has been a teacher and technology director for over 20 years. He is currently the Technology Director/Teacher at Vassalboro Community School in Vassalboro Maine USA. 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.
Allen Tucker is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor Emeritus at Bowdoin College, where he served on the faculty for twenty years. Prior to that, he held similar positions at Georgetown and Colgate Universities. He has a BA in mathematics from Wesleyan University (1963) and an MS and PhD in computer science from Northwestern University (1970). Over the last 40 years, Professor Tucker has authored several books and articles, presented many invited talks, and conducted various other activities in the areas of programming languages, software development, natural language processing, and computer science education. He is an ACM Fellow, an ACM Distinguished Speaker, a Fulbright Lecturer, and a recipient of the ACM/SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution Award (2001).
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 (see hfoss.org). His most recent book, Software Development: An Open Source Approach (CRC Press, 2011), is a product of these recent activities (see myopensoftware.org).
Mr. Patten has spent the last 20 years developing educational software for a variety of clients. He has managed the engineering departments for several companies, including his own, and has won several awards for software design. He 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. Mr Patten is also the Executive Director of the National Center for Open Source and Education – a non profit organization advocating Open Source adoption in K-12 schools throughout the country.
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. He is a frequent speaker at Free Software conferences around the nation, and writes for a number of technical and open source media publications including Linux Pro Magazine and OpenSource.com
Steve Sokol is the Marketing Director for Asterisk at Digium. Steve's primary function is spreading the word about the limitless capabilities and incredible value of the Asterisk communications engine. Steve's experience with the revolutionary open source platform dates to 2003. 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.
Steve has worked in the telecommunications software industry since the early 1990s. Prior to his discovery of Asterisk, he worked as a communications consultant and solutions architect. His client list included Sprint, Sprint PCS, Computer Instruments, TWA and Stream International (now Stream Global Services). He was the chief architect of the award winning eIVR platform and of Stream International's innovative Q-View management information system.
Originally from the Kansas City, Missouri area, Steve now lives in Tulsa, OK with his wife Amy, a brilliant health care attorney, and his daughter Katie, a brilliant 5th grader.
Dan is a software veteran with a proven track record of providing reliable decision support systems to the enterprise. Dan has delivered web-based analytical applications for healthcare providers including quality dashboards, disease management reports, compensation incentive metrics, and analysis of publicly reported measures. Prior to co-founding Recombinant Data, 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 to optimize their demand chain.
Dan earned a BS in Chemistry and Biology from MIT in 1995 and is an active member of HDWA (Healthcare Data Warehousing Association) and AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association).
Dr. Samuel Bowen has substantial training and experience in primary care, urgent care, emergency, and occupational care environments. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Bowen is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bowen established his first medical practice in Cornelius, N.C. in 1987 and served as company physician for many of the local industries. His largest contract was with Ingersoll Rand, serving as the company physician for the Small Compressor Division, Large Compressor Division and International Corporate Office.
Dr. Bowen relocated to Hickory, N.C. in 1992 and served as an emergency room physician at Frye Regional Medical Center until January 1999. He established Bowen Primary & Urgent Care in 1998 and is currently on staff at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C. Dr. Bowen's other interests include computer programming, which prompted his involvement in developing free, open source software. He began using OpenEMR in his practice, Bowen Primary & Urgent Care, in January 2004 and has been involved in the development process. He has been an active contributor to forums involving free open source medical software. He has helped many physicians and IT professionals learn how to install and operate OpenEMR. He has contributed clinical forms to OpenEMR and released them to the public under the GPL licensing. Dr. Bowen has been involved in the OpenEMR project since 2003. He serves as President of the not-for-profit Open Source Medical Software (openmedsoftware.org) and is the webmaster of both the home web pages for openmedsoftware.org and the OpenEMR project (oemr.org). He also writes and maintains the current documentation for the installation and use of OpenEMR.
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. In that role he developed everything from simple website animations to very complex and dynamic product configurations using the latest and greatest in technology and development frameworks. This gave him a broad understanding of all the technologies that enabled and secured websites and applications. When FireHost emerged from TargetScope, Hinkley was quickly moved into the role of security engineer, then lead engineer and manager. In these roles within the organization, he’s serviced hundreds of customer servers, including Windows and Linux, and overseen the security of all hosting environments to meet PCI, HIPAA and other compliance guidelines.
Hinkley’s love for learning Web technology started as a child, and he’s since been a personal quest to satisfy his immense thirst for knowledge and skills as they relates to technology development. Hinkley has an Associates degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia, and a Bachelors degree in Visual Communications.
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 where he led the company's move into Enterprise Content Management. Prior to that, he was Vice President and a principal shareholder at American Fundware, where he was responsible for the company's software development effort. Steven was also a founding partner of Formation Technologies Inc, a software company for the banking industry that emerged as a leader in the loan origination segment. Steven also held various senior management positions with Microsoft including the application development segment of Microsoft Consulting Services. Steven spent the early part of his career in progressively responsible IT roles in the banking industry.
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. Dr Russler also played a key role in the development of the HL7 Reference Information Model for HL7 Version 3 and is past member and Treasurer of the Board of HL7. He gives frequent tutorials on HL7 requirements definition and modeling and the use of HL7 standards in the IHE document sharing architecture. Most recently, he has been contributing to the development of technical specifications for the Nationwide Health Information Network.
Previously, Dr Russler joined McKesson (then HBOC) in late 1995 and became vice president of clinical technology, specializing in clinical data repositories and J2EE portal development in healthcare. During this period, he was co-chair of the HL7 Patient Care TC, which introduced the HL7 Care Provision Domain along with Care Record Messages and models for problems, allergies, care plans, goals, and CCD documents. While co-editor of the IHE Patient Care Coordination TC, the first IHE CDA document specifications were introduced, and the CDA templateID model was invented.
Prior to McKesson, he focused on primary care including private family medicine, hospice medicine, long-term care medicine and acute care medicine. Dr Russler held various administrative positions ranging from clinical to information systems, including associate administrator of hospital medical clinics and information systems.
Dr Russler earned bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., and trained in family practice at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Practice.
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. These days, Mel spends most of her time with on open source in education, teaching professors how to teach open source and otherwise working to push patches of successful open source cultural habits around learning and teaching "upstream" to classrooms in academia. In her hypothetically existent amounts of free time, she serves on the board of Sugar Labs, works on undergraduate engineering education reform, and plays piano, occasionally at the same time.
Dr. Jihad S. Obeid serves as the CoEE Endowed Chair in Biomedical
Informatics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Obeid
works with information technology professionals throughout South Carolina to develop software and infrastructure that help researchers share data and
collaborate across hospitals and universities. He is known nationally for
developing innovative software to manage complex datasets in clinical
Dr. Obeid previously served at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New
York, where he was associate director for biomedical informatics at the
Clinical and Translational Science Center and associate research professor
of pediatrics. He previously worked at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, a
teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, in Boston. Obeid completed
fellowships in pediatric endocrinology at Cornell University, and
informatics at a combined Harvard University/ Massachusetts Institute of
Technology program. Before that he completed a pediatric residency at Duke
University. He received his M.D. with distinction and a bachelor's degree in
biology from the American University of Beirut.
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.
Sebastian Dziallas is the engineering manager for Sugar on a Stick (SoaS), a Fedora-based Linux distribution that extends the reach of the Sugar Learning Platform, originally designed and deployed by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, beyond $200-per-child laptops to $10-per-child USB sticks. SoaS has been downloaded over 3.3k times since its latest release, launched in May 2010, and used in classroom deployments in Europe, North America, and Latin America. Its release team hails from 3 different countries and regularly works across multiple timezones and languages, and he is ultimately accountable to the Sugar Labs Board for the management and execution of the entire project. Sebastian is also a Fedora packager and the founder of Fedora's Education SIG. He was part of a team working on OLPC's operating system for the G1G1 program in December 2008. He travels internationally to speak and organize open source and education tracks at FOSS conferences such as LinuxTag and LinuxCon. In his free time, he is designing his own custom undergraduate engineering concentration in open source at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA.
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. Just a few weeks into his freshman year, Steve had the opportunity to see Pope John Paul II speak on the Horseshoe -- an experience he credits with inspiring him to pursue his schoolwork and his future with a whole new focus. Steve went on to serve as student body president and graduated with a degree in political science in 1991. He continued his studies at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was elected president of the Student Bar Association and graduated in 1994.
In the fifteen years since he graduated law school, Steve has worked tirelessly on local issues in the Midlands, serving on the boards of numerous charitable organizations and seeking to find solutions to many community challenges. In particular, Steve has focused his energies on economic development initiatives, increasing access to affordable housing, and improving public education.
Steve and his wife DeAndrea have been married for seven years. They have two little girls, Bethany (4) and Jordan Grace (2). Together, they enjoy reading lots of books, taking trips at EdVenture, and playing at Chuck E. Cheese. The Benjamins live in Northeast Columbia and are members of Saint John Baptist Church.
Randal M. Senn is the Chief Information Officer for SCANA Corporation, responsible for overseeing their technology services and strategies. 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.
Randy initially worked as a student intern from the USC Business School. After graduation, he started his full time career as a computer programmer.
Prior to his current role, he has served as a manager in the company’s Accounting Department, Customer Billing Department and Shareholder Services Department. Randy has served as project manager for a general ledger system implementation for the company, project manager for the company’s Year 2000 compliance project and project manager for the information technology consolidation project associated with the merger between SCANA Corporation and Public Service Company of North Carolina. He currently has responsibility for leading SCANA’s Smart Grid efforts.
SCANA Corporation is a $10 Billion Fortune 500 energy-based holding company whose businesses include regulated electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy related businesses. SCANA has 12 subsidiaries who serve approximately 623,000 electric customers in South Carolina and more than 1.1 million natural gas customers in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Dr. Hogue has been Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the University of South Carolina System since 2000. He is responsible for the development of IT and distance education strategy, policy, and practice for approximate forty-three thousand USC students, ... faculty, and staff. The IT division provides strategic leadership and operational support for the University in information technology, instructional services, and e-learning services. The mission of the Division of IT is to support teaching, research, and service missions of the University.
David is a strong proponent of the use 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 overall digital ecosystem. Building upon a solid network security infrastructure, he and his team have completely re-developed, over the past four years, an extensible Offender Management System (OMS) and Parole Information Center (PIC) which is able to consume and publish secure web services as a focal point to manage the life-cycle of offenders and to enhance the organization's overall effectiveness in providing services to the community.
Prior to joining SCDPPPS in 1997, O'Berry served as Network Manager at the Department of Juvenile Justice. Since his move to SCDPPPS, David has been directly involved with South Carolina's Information Technology Solutions Committee in various capacities working towards standards and solutions in all areas of technology throughout the state. During his multi-year role as Chairman of the Security Sub-Domain Committee he, in 2007, co-led the effort to adopt a state-wide security policy achieving that goal with a unanimous vote in December of 2007 while substantially progressing and completing the initiative to establish comprehensive baseline security standards for South Carolina Agencies.
David has served as the Membership Director for the Midland's Chapter of the ISSA, the group's Director of Corporate Relations, and currently serves as the President for the chapter. He currently serves on the McAfee Cybersecurity Experts Council while working with standards driven organizations, like the Trusted Computing Group, to further the goals of practical, flexible, and open information security frameworks. He is also a member of the National Association of State CIO's Security and Privacy Sub-Committee as well as the Enterprise Architecture Committee. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the MS-ISAC as well as on Legislative Sub-Committee. In 2008 he was awarded Technologist of the Year for the South Carolina IT Director's Association after being named an Honorable Mention for the same award in 2007. Mr. O'Berry holds an honors degree from the University of South Carolina Honors College as well as numerous professional certifications including CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, MCNE, CNE-I and CSPM.
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.
Khush is the former Vice-Chair for the SC Enterprise Architecture Oversight Committee, the current Chair for SC Information Technology Directors Association and a Board member for EngenuitySC, The CIO Forum, Columbia Chamber of Commerce – Information Technology Council. He is a graduate of the Governor’s EXCEL Leadership Institute, SC Executive Institute, Leadership SC and the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative. He is involved with and has assisted several civic groups and government organizations with policies, issues and projects.
Khush possesses a BS in both Physics and Computer Science.
As Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Dale Johnston is responsible for managing all aspects of Edens & Avant’s technology initiatives and monitoring security of information platforms.
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. He holds numerous certifications, including an Applied Science Technologist designation with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.
Previously the Vice President of Information Services for Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust in Ontario, Canada, Johnston developed and managed the technology vision for the company and supervised major system upgrade projects.
Johnston is a native of Ontario, Canada, and received a Bachelor of Applied Science from Bemidji State University and a diploma in Computer Electronics Engineering Technology from the Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology.
Janet Claggett has over 20 years working in the field of Information Technology. About half of her experience has been in the public sector and about half in the private sector. She currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for Richland County, SC. Under her tenure, the National Association of Counties has twice rated Richland County as number one in the nation for digital excellence in its population category, and the Chamber of Commerce has twice awarded Richland County first place in the prestigious Palmetto Pillar award for technological innovation.
Janet received her MBA from the University of South Carolina. In California, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a double minor in Geography and Spanish. In 2008 she received the National Government CIO certification from the UNC School of Government at Chapel Hill. She is a former President of SC.GMIS and was the Educational Coordinator for the 2006 International GMIS conference held in Charleston, SC. She is an active member of the Metropolitan Information Exchange (MIX) whose membership is by invitation only and which has a membership cap of 60 IT leaders in the North American continent. She continues to serve on the South Carolina CIO Forum Advisory Council and for the last several years has served as one of three conference chairs. She is also active in the South Carolina county IT organization (SCCFT). Janet has given dozens of speeches on various IT topics with a focus on IT leadership.
John has 20+ years of information technology management, engineering, and project management experience and has earned multiple industry certifications from Novell, Microsoft, VMware and Cisco. John was selected by ComputerWorld Magazine as one of the “Top 100 IT Leaders in the country” and was also recognized by VMware Corporation as a “vExpert 2009” for outstanding achievements in the area of virtualization. He was also recognized the July 2009 edition of CIO Digest. John has spoken at local and national conferences and has written numerous case studies and articles for publication in technology publications.
John’s experience spans the legal, healthcare, financial services, state government, and manufacturing fields. He says that AgFirst Farm Credit Bank is the best place that he has ever worked. As a top technology leader for three different corporations over the past 12 years, he has accomplished enterprise-wide technology overhauls involving Citrix, virtualization, SAN, Microsoft, Cisco, Video Conferencing and innovative LAN/WAN/Telecom infrastructure. John was appointed by Senator Glenn McConnell to serve on an advisory panel for the state's Education Oversight Committee. John earned a BS degree in Physics from Wofford College and a BME degree in Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Lee assumed the Chief Information Officer position approximately 16 months ago after joining the bank in 2005. Lee possesses tremendous collaboration skills and has been successful in leading both technology and business units to a higher level of performance and efficiency. Lee’s 25+ years in technology provide a solid base for overseeing a complex yet flexible technology infrastructure. Her passion around managing change, supported by her insistence on detail planning, has led to multiple key accomplishments over the past year. Much of Lee’s initial time as CIO has been focused on organization and standards, establishing metrics to measure and improve performance, and reducing IT cost while managing appropriate risk.
In addition to the CIO role, Lee has served in several leadership roles over the past 5 years for TSFG. Her ability to grasp complex concepts and focus on the end result have helped progress a number of priorities – all supporting a vision of excellent service, effective results and a true “sense of urgency” on customer related matters. In her previous role as Director of Application Services, Lee led a reorganization effort which improved the stability and throughput of the Applications Services team.
Lee has recently completed the bank’s executive leadership program, Leaders Teaching Leaders, and is now working in a mentoring capacity to coach other excelling leaders. Lee’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Drexel University. In addition, she has completed 30 hours towards her MBA and holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Prior to joining TSFG, she spent several years as the Director of IT for Netbank Business Financing. Lee has over 20 years of combined financial services and technology expertise.
Dr. Robert G. Brookshire is Professor and Director of the Technology Support and Training Management Program at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. He teaches technology project management, database management, and web development. He holds an A.B. from the University of Georgia, an M.Ed. from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He has taught at North Texas State University, the University of Virginia, and James Madison University. He is the co-author of Using Microcomputers for Research (Sage Publications, 1985), and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Computer Information Systems, BYTE, Social Science Computer Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, The European Journal of Operational Research, and other journals. He is past president of the Organizational Systems Research Association and is editor of the Information Technology, Learning, and Performance Journal.
Dr. Huhns received the B.S.E.E. degree in 1969 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering in 1971 and 1975, respectively, from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Before becoming a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of South Carolina, he conducted research on the Argo, Antares, RAD, Carnot, and InfoSleuth projects at the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation as a Senior Member of the Research Division. He was also an adjunct professor in computer sciences at the University of Texas. Prior to joining MCC, he was an associate professor at the University of South Carolina, a research assistant in image processing at the University of Southern California, and a radar systems engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company.
Besides being a Fellow of the IEEE, Dr. Huhns is a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, ACM, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, and AAAI. He is the author of over 200 technical papers in machine intelligence and an editor of the books Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Volumes I and II and Readings in Agents. With Prof. Munindar P. Singh of North Carolina State University, he has recently authored the textbook Service-Oriented Computing: Semantics, Processes, Agents for John Wiley Publishing Co. Dr. Huhns is an associate editor for the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, and IEEE Internet Computing. He is on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, and Journal of Emerging Mechanical Engineering Technology. He is a founder and board member for the International Foundation for Cooperative Information Systems and the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. He has chaired and served on the advisory boards and program committees for numerous international conferences and workshops.
Co-founded the Linux Standard Base, a global project with the goal of increasing compatibility among Linux distributions. Created the overall architecture for the project and standard. Developed several of the test suites used for both application and runtime certification. Principle interface between the LSB and other groups such as CELF, GNOME, X.Org Foundation, Gelato. Represent the project and the Free Standards Group at conferences in Asia, North America, and Europe. Obtained ISO status as IS 23360.
Previous speaking engagements include: Comdex (Las Vegas), Comdex Miami, Embedded Systems Conference (Boston), Linux World Expo (Miami, San Jose, NYC and San Francisco), Atlanta Linux Showcase, XFree86 Technical Conference, Florida Linux Users Exchange, Columbia Linux Users Group, Suncoast Linux Users Group, Nashua Linux Users Group, Software Developers Association of the Midlands, Presbyterian College, Cebit Bilisim (Istanbul, Turkey), Free Software Conference (Tokyo, Japan) Linux-Kongress 2003 (Saarbrucken, Germany), Guest Lecturer Presbyterian College, Linux Journal (May 2004), Linux-Tag 2004 (Karlsruhn, Germany), Ottawa (Canada) Linux Symposium 2004
Neil Undewood is an Administrator with the RepRap organization and organizer for the RepRap World Tour. Neil primary focus is publishing best practices for reducing the out of pocket cost, and replication time for the RepRap self replicating FDM printer. To this end he is part of the design team for the Prusa Mendel, and published many open source designs to both RepRap.org and Thingiverse.com.
Jim has been involved in the corporate IT world for his entire professional career, architecting and delivering innovative software solutions to his clients in diverse fields such as process automation, promotion service, artificial intelligence / forecasting, computer vision, and web portals, as well as delivering professional training to clients and associates. He’s been an avid enthusiast for several years of open source hardware and its potential economic and educational impacts on global markets. In addition to several years experience designing, building, and using open source-derived 3D printers, he’s also been using the arduino platform in his open source engineering efforts to drive physical computing.
David Both is a Linux and Open Source advocate who resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been in the IT industry for over thirty years and taught OS/2 for IBM and RHCE classes for Red Hat. He currently works as President, Senior Consultant, and janitor for Millennium Technology Consulting LLC. He has been working with Linux and Open Source Software for about 15 years. David can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan DeMaggio is the Cloud Wrangler for Animoto, a company infamous for scaling from 50 servers to 4,000 servers in 3 days. His various interests include electronics, embedded Linux, NoSQL, and Cloud Computing. Dan's Open Source street cred comes from writing the first version of the Perl database driver for Windows.
For more than ten years David has been using open technologies to help small businesses and start-ups get things done and save money. Now on his fourth start-up, he's a proud open source advocate - and doesn't apologize for it.
I've been interested in Computer Science my entire life starting out at school on the Commodore 64 and at home on the Apple IIe. My earliest interest as a nerdy science kid was in genetics and DNA sequencing and then I got more into programming using Apple's Hypercard/Supercard technology. After a couple years of undergrad I was introduced by a professor to the marriage of genetics and programming - aptly named genetic programming which applies across a wide range of fields because of the nature of the computational predictions. In grad school I leaned towards bioinformatics and have begun to participate in contests on kaggle.com, a platform for data prediction competitions. I started working with Drupal in 2007 as a back end developer supporting large-scale media sites and have worked with everything from mom & pop four-page sites to enterprise scale websites and even have leveraged Drupal to create web-based applications. Most recently I've been getting into iOS development by working with the iPad/iPhone SDK.
I've presented Drupal related topics at SouthEast Linux Fest 2010 and Drupalcamp Atlanta 2010.
I graduated with a B.S. in computer Science from Augusta State University in 2007 and a M.S. in Computer Science from Kennesaw State University in 2010.
Roger has spent more than a decade in the technology, finance and business fields. He has Bachelor degrees in finance and business management to go along with his over ten years of experience in the IT business. He has run multiple successful IT entities since 2003 including various consulting services. His technology skills range from networking, programming, hardware and web design to full scale systems design. Open source solutions for personal and professional use is a passion of his.
I've presented Drupal related topics at SouthEast Linux Fest 2010.
I co-host the monthly Augusta Drupal Users Group meeting.
Ravi is responsible for current and future technology architectures including Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) to leverage mainframe assets, technical strategy, product roadmaps. Ravi was instrumental in bringing Linux on zSeries within a short period of time working closely with IBM implementation team. Today, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina hosts most of its web applications in a Linux virtualized environment using industry standards like Web Services, SOA, Portal Frameworks, Content Management etc., on the Mainframe.
Prior to joining BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Ravi served as Chief Technology Advisor at the Global CIO office, Siemens AG, where he was responsible for developing Architectural Governance, Roadmaps in several technology areas for all Siemens companies worldwide as part of its standardization efforts. Prior to Siemens, Ravi started a technology consulting company to provide architectural expertise, eBusiness technologies for several startups, brick and mortar companies. Ravi also worked at Prime Computer/Computervision Corp.in Boston for 10 years where he held several Customer Service and management positions.
Reaction Apps cofounder Mathew Hatch has a background including
development of web based software control systems and high frequency
stock trading software with microsecond latency. Recently, he has been
putting his skills to use and promoting mobile apps as productivity
tools for enterprise and helping businesses understand the breadth of
application tools that are available. In his free time Mathew also
enjoys supporting local open source events such as Barcamp Charleston
and the Summer pyGames.