Christie Koehler is an experienced software engineer, technical project manager, community organizer and speaker. She works at Mozilla (makers of Firefox) as a project manager on the Developer Evangelist team. Christie is Co-founder and President of the nonprofit Stumptown Syndicate. Additionally, Christie facilitates two monthly user groups for women in technology: Code ‘n’ Splode and Women Who Hack.
Reid Beels writes code, dyes pixels by hand, takes photos, and thinks a lot about how things ought to work. He’s rather fond of bringing enthusiastic, awesome, people together to share knowledge and solve problems.
Kirsten Comandich runs registration and helps with tech for Open Source Bridge. She’s a web developer and one of many organizers of the local Ruby meetings. She loves to travel, is learning Japanese, and occasionally attempts to read what Japanese developers say on Twitter. Kirsten is the Stumptown Syndicate board Treasurer and also volunteers for the annual nonprofit Cycle Oregon bike ride. In 2004, she ran the Zimbabwean Music Festival at Reed College and has served on the Zimfest board of directors.
Jacob Helwig enjoys motor sports, amateur radio, anime, aiding the productivity of others, and is a tinkerer of many things — usually electronics, but also 3D printing. He also runs the Portland Dev Ops user group, organizes the weekly Thursday Hackathon at Lucky Lab, volunteers for Ignite Portland, is a polyglot programmer who has done programming as a hobby since 2nd grade, and is a platform engineer at Elemental.
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Audrey Eschright is a programmer at Elevated Code working with Ruby, Rails, and occasionally iPhone development. Writer of essays, recipes, horror comics, and knitting patterns. Photographer working with digital and film cameras, including Polaroid, Holga, and pinholes. Community organizer of unconferences like WhereCampPDX. Core team member of the infamous Calagator. Agitator for a variety of grassroots local tech.
Melissa Chavez is a data journalist who utilizes open source technology in her research, mapping, and reporting. She is also Communication Chair of Stumptown Syndicate. In her free time, she documents street art, records locations of unisex and gendered restrooms in the metro area, reads sci-fi, and admires people’s awesome hats.
Josh Heumann writes code for humans to read, translates flawlessly between geek and human, can huck a frisbee, play the ukulele moderately well, take a decent photo, and transfer a decent Polaroid. He spent 5 years working in Melbourne, Australia, and 3 years prior to that as the head of the Portland Perlmongers. He previously volunteered for Open Source Bridge before becoming the Volunteer Coordinator.
Chris Freeman is a computer engineer who loves to work on web development projects when he’s not working on custom IC or FPGA designs. He developed the volunteer web app for Open Source Bridge using django/python. Chris also volunteers for annual nonprofit Cycle Oregon bike ride. He helped support the 2003, 2004, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Zimbabwean Music Festivals and is currently serving on the nonprofit Zimfest Association board of directors.
Shepherd Griffin is a web developer, graphic designer, events producer, animal lover, herbivore, DJ, and music enthusiast. He has been working in the tech community for over 16 years using Linux environments, Windows, and Apple’s OS X, hand-coding websites, and creating graphic/print materials for the arts and entertainment industries. He has been organizing electronic music events for the last 11 years with such groups as Environmental Structures, Molecular, and Metacrew, and he is currently furthering his career in event production.
Sherri Montgomery started out her tech career as a Sun Solaris systems administrator, but now is an IT business systems analyst. She is a professional data monger who administers systems that manage access & reporting against large data warehouses for hundreds of users. Sherri also helps clients identify processes clearly, writes functional requirements & use cases, coordinates technical & acceptance testing, and herds projects from development to implementation. Sherri is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher and enjoys bringing yoga classes to tech events. Sherri writes, creates awesome vegan food, gardens, hikes and makes art.
Kurt Sussman writes code (since 1977), breaks code (since 1982), wrangles servers, leads software development projects, starts companies (and shuts some companies down), advises startups, helps companies solve technical problems, and volunteers for too many things.
Kristin Wolff, thinker, doer, aspiring rainmaker; adjunct researcher at Social Policy Research; owner, thinkers + doers; student (DIYU, see @degreed). Kristin cares about work, learning, labor markets and how these are being reimagined and reinvented. She’s pretty sure that social technologies and open source culture are game changers for major institutions (schools, firms, and governments) and spends her time telling stories and supporting experiments that help people, firms, and communities use these tools to make better futures.