Speakers

  • Biography

    Wraithan is a software developer born and raised in the great city of Portland, Oregon. He started learning to code before he started high school and has been hooked every since. Starting with C++, and proceeding through a plethora of languages such as Java, Perl, PHP, C#, Python, Common Lisp, JavaScript, Clojure and even more. He is a strong believer in being a polyglot making one better as a developer.

    His speaking career is modest but he enjoys it. He has spoken numerous times at PDX Python and used to compete in speech and debate when he was in high school. His favorite events being impromptu and public debate.

    He helps support Read the Docs. Has patched many open source projects over the years, mostly libraries he needed for his many projects. His favorite projects his own right now are: ZenIRCBot and GitHub Repo Widget. And if the stars align, he can be found on his blag

    The rest of his code and projects can be found on Github

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      • Title: Open Source Music
      • Track: Hacks
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 10:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        What kind of open source music can you make? All kinds!
        Let’s get our feet wet and jam!

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1004">Cameron Adamez</a>
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    Lance Albertson

    OSU Open Source Lab

    Biography

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

    Prior to joining the OSUOSL, Lance was a UNIX Administrator for the Enterprise Server Technologies group at Kansas State University. Lance prepared for life as a career systems administrator by grappling with natural systems first, joining his father near Hiawatha, Kansas on the family farm growing corn and soybeans.

    In his free time he helps organize Beaver BarCamp and plays trumpet in a local jazz group The Infallible Collective. He holds a B.A. in Agriculture Technology Management from Kansas State University, where he minored in Agronomy and Computer Science.

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    Randy Appleton

    Northern Michigan University

    Biography

    Randy Appleton is a professor of Computer Science in the cold north of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He teaches the networking, operating systems, and system administration courses. He’s been working with Linux since kernel version 0.9.

    In his spare time he pilots a small airplane and rides a motorcycle.

    Sessions

      • Title: What Is My Kernel Doing?
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Ever wonder what your kernel is doing? We instrumented kernels on both web servers and personal workstations, and then measured to see what they’re doing.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1078">Randy Appleton</a>
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    Biography

    Scott is currently creating a new company, Olio Apps, with a focus on building interesting and useful apps that interact with mobile devices, social networks, and business platforms.

    Scott founded the Tampa Florida Ruby Brigade, and co-founded the Portland JavaScript Admirer’s group.

    Before moving to Portland Oregon, Scott toiled away in cold and rainy Florida. When not slinging code and cooking up new business ideas, he plays various instruments in rock bands, and travels the world.

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      • Title: Building Developer Platforms
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        How do you transform your site or service into a platform others build on top of? How do you clear the path, lower the barriers, and make it easy for new developers to get started?

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/179">Scott Becker</a>
      • Title: Building Web Apps with Clojure
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Get ready for a whirlwind tour of the current Clojure ecosystem of web app technologies. This talk will demonstrate how fast, responsive apps can be built on this up-and-coming functional language, which is based on Lisp and runs on the JVM.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/179">Scott Becker</a>
  • Michael Bleigh

    Intridea, Inc.

    Biography

    Michael Bleigh is a web developer and prolific author of Ruby open source libraries. He has created popular open source libraries such as OmniAuth (one of the top 30 most watched GitHub repositories) and has had more than 6 million downloads of his various open source works. He has also spoken at numerous events including OSCON, RubyConf, and RailsConf.

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  • Jared Boone

    ShareBrained Technology, Inc.

    Biography

    Jared Boone is a life-long hardware hacker who loves exploring the boundaries and implications of technology. He owns a small open-source hardware company that aims to put new technology in the hands of the curious.

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  • Share

    Biography

    Jan-Christoph Borchardt works at the intersection of free culture, unobtrusive design and human interaction. He improves the user experience of free & open source web applications, now mainly as Design Dictator for the Unhosted movement. Previously he designed ownCloud and started Libre Projects, a directory of free software web applications. Also known as »the Tyler Durden of JS usergroups«, he started Tel Aviv JS & StuttgartJS and gave talks at many more.

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    VM Brasseur

    shoeless consulting

    Biography

    VM is a manager of technical people, projects, processes, products and p^Hbusinesses. In her almost 15 years in the tech industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager and director of software engineering. Currently she is splitting her time between shoeless consulting—a tech recruiting and management consulting firm—and writing a book translating business concepts into geek speak.

    VM blogs at {a=>h} and tweets at @vmbrasseur.

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      • Title: How We Went Remote
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Hiring remote workers is great for filling those holes on the team…but if you don’t have the correct infrastructure in place you’re just setting yourself—and your remote team members—up for a world of hurt. This session will detail how our engineering department went remote and thrived because of it.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1020">VM Brasseur</a>
      • Title: A Crash Course in Tech Management
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        ‘Programmer’ and ‘Manager’ are two different titles for a reason: they’re two different jobs and skill sets. If you have managerial aspirations (or have had them foisted upon you), come to this session to learn some of the tricks of the managerial trade.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1020">VM Brasseur</a>
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    David Brewer

    Second Story

    Biography

    David Brewer is the Web Technology Lead at Second Story, a part of SapientNitro. He has over ten years of experience with Web programming using a variety of platforms and languages. He specializes in the creation of collection databases, web-based administrative consoles for managing them, and the front-end systems used to present them.

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  • Shane Caraveo

    Mozilla Labs

    Biography

    Shane Caraveo is a technologist working in Mozilla Labs exploring new ideas and
    functionality for the web. He is particularly interested in user-centric
    functionality around social networking and privacy as well as technologies that
    help foster the long-tail of the web. He currently resides in Vancouver, BC
    Canada, where he previously worked for ActiveState building tools for
    developers, building on top of Mozilla software. He’s been involved in building
    for the web since the late 90s as a part of the PHP development team. He’s been a developer, a product manager, a tinkerer and conference speaker.

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    Amber Case

    Esri.com

    Biography

    Amber Case is the Director of Esri R&D Center, Portland, where she works on location-based technology. Case co-founded of Geoloqi, Inc., a location-based developer platform acquired by Esri in Oct 2012. She has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, and many other publications, both in the United States and around the world. Her main focus is mobile software, non-visual augmented reality, the future of location, and reducing the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect. In 2012 she was named one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers and made Inc Magazine’s 30 under 30 with Geoloqi co-founder Aaron Parecki. Case has spoken at TED on technology and humans and was featured in Fast Company 2010 as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology. She is @caseorganic on Twitter.

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    Tantek Çelik

    tantek.com

    Biography

    Tantek Çelik has been active in open web standards development or over 15 years. He co-edited the W3C CSS 2.1 and CSS3 Color Recommendations, co-founded GMPG and the microformats.org standards community, serves on the W3C’s Advisory Board, and is the author of HTML5 Now: A Step-By-Step Tutorial for Getting Started Today.

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      • Title: Web Actions: A New Building Block for the Web
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        A web action is the user experience, code, and service for taking a specific discrete action, across the web, from one site to another site or application. You’ve all seen the buttons: Share, Read later, Follow, Like, Favorite, etc.

        More than any one social site or service, web actions are the emergence of a whole new hypermedia building block.

        This talk will give an overview of the anatomy of a web action, discuss web action user flow, and highlight best practices for both publishers and service providers.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/671">Tantek Çelik</a>
      • Title: Rise of the Indie Web
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Meet the pioneers of the new Indie Web, learn what’s changed, and how you too can reclaim your content, your data, your online identity. Join our panelists as they debate a variety of different approaches and learn how you too can get started and join the new Indie Web.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/671">Tantek Çelik</a>
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    Biography

    Chris used to excel at golf, enjoy math, question authority, refrain from eating red meat and write novels. These days he designs websites, reads non fiction, smokes pork butts, runs without being chased, misses his dad and lives for making his wife and children laugh. He still enjoys math.

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    Ward Cunningham

    Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc.

    Biography

    Ward Cunningham recently served as Nike’s open-data fellow. He has been CTO at CitizenGlobal, a growth company enabling the co-creation of media. Ward co-founded the consultancy, Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc. He has served as CTO of AboutUs, a Director of the Eclipse Foundation, an Architect in Microsoft’s Patterns & Practices Group, the Director of R&D at Wyatt Software and as Principle Engineer in the Tektronix Computer Research Laboratory.

    Ward is well known for his contributions to the developing practice of object-oriented programming, the variation called Extreme Programming, and the communities supported by his WikiWikiWeb. Ward hosts the AgileManifesto.org. He is a founder of the Hillside Group and there created the Pattern Languages of Programs conferences which continues to be held all over the word.

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    Jennifer Davidson

    Oregon State University / Privly

    Biography

    Jennifer is a Computer Science PhD student at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on involving older adults in the design and development of open source software. In general, she is interested in how open source communities operate. Aside from research, she enjoys volunteering in the tech community. She is a Systers member and helps with ChickTech. She’s also the community manager for Privly.

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    Donald Davis

    Dorkbotpdx

    Biography

    My name is Donald Delmar Davis and I make Suspect Devices.

    I have been an artist, computer programmer, unix systems administrator, and a musician close to thirty years and work to remain fresh and open to exploring new ideas and artforms.

    In the 80s as part of a small community of Artists in Spokane, I committed performance art and many other crimes: building kinettic sculptures, synthesizers,sequencers, graffiti, guerrilla theatre,and other mayhem. In the 00s after completing the bulk of my BA in history, I turned to building a series of machines that could draw. This evolved and expanded into other forms of kinetic sculpture and collaborative work with other artists.

    As one of the early members of Portland’s Dorkbot community I have introduced close to 400 artists, programmers, and nerds to the Arduino platform. I am currently employed designing embedded hardware and software. I am also looking to form a new group of geek artists under the moniker of artbotpdx.

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    Biography

    Lennon Day-Reynolds works in revenue engineering at Twitter, which means you can ask him the question “how does Twitter make money?” and get a useful answer.

    Prior to joining Twitter, he worked at Dark Horse Comics, Sun Microsystems, Reed College, and a handful of other shops building rich, dynamic web applications. In every case, he’s relied on open source software to create and manage websites for communities ranging in size from dozens to millions.

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    Molly de Blanc

    MIT OpenCourseWare

    Biography

    Molly de Blanc comes from Somerville, MA and works at MIT OpenCourseWare. mollydb comes from the internet, and writes about stuff.

    Sessions

      • Title: Open Education Tools for Mentoring and Learning
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B204
      • Time: 11:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        The internet is full of information. Some of this information was made to help people learn. A subset exists under open licenses. These open educational resources (OERs) are used all over the world for learning and teaching. This talk will cover what some of them are and explore ways they have been (and can be) used for mentors and self-learners—both as individuals and in peer-study groups.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1086">Molly de Blanc</a>
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    Biography

    Ian is a Portland-area software utility player who spends his (heh) “spare time” recklessly concocting music, teaching his rug rats how to bicycle, and composing lists in threes.

    He is also the author of Scripted GUI Testing With Ruby, and co-author of Using JRuby and Cucumber Recipes, published by the Pragmatic Programmers.

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      • Title: Logic Lessons That Last Generations
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        In the 1980s, my grandfather reached onto the bookshelves of his cigar-smoke-seasoned garage laboratory and pulled down a three-ring binder that would change my life. Come hear how a 50-year-old introduction to binary logic has managed to stay relevant after all these decades, and what it means for our own efforts to teach and document technical subjects.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/103">Ian Dees</a>
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    Werner Dietl

    University of Washington

    Biography

    Werner is a research associate at the Computer Science & Engineering department, University of Washington, where he works mostly with Prof. Michael Ernst. He is a member of the SE.CS and WASP research groups.
    Previously, he was a research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Programming Methodology, ETH Zurich, working on his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Peter Müller.

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    Greg Dunlap

    Nerdhaus

    Biography

    Despite being saddled with a degree in photography, Greg has been working as a professional software engineer for over twenty years. His experience has included desktop database applications, retail kiosks, embedded software for gambling devices and pinball machines, and websites in over half a dozen languages. For the last five years, Greg has been actively involved in the Drupal community, co-authoring Drupal 8 Module Development and, in March of 2011, being named as lead of an initiative to improve configuration management in Drupal 8.

    Greg lives in Portland, OR with his cat Ozu. In his spare time he plays pinball and listens to music that is loud.

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    Jeff Eaton

    Lullabot

    Biography

    Jeff Eaton is a long-time web developer who’s been designing, administering, and implementing web projects since he pieced together his first HTML file in 1996. He’s built ecommerce sites for florists, helped implement enterprise web systems for multinational corporations, and dragged legacy Perl apps kicking and screaming to ASP.Net.

    Jeff joined the the open source world in 2004 after searching for a content management system flexible enough for one of his projects. Resigned to “rolling his own,” he started work on a custom CMS before discovering that the Drupal community had made many of the same design decisions. After a few weeks of investigation, he converted and has been a Drupal evangelist ever since. He’s the author of the popular Voting API, EVA, and Token projects; a prolific speaker at Drupal and general technology events; one of the co-authors of O’Reilly & Associates’ Using Drupal; and an active contributor to the Drupal core project.

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      • Title: Easy Beats Open: The Challenge of Growing Open Source
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B204
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        “Open Source, in its majestic equality, guarantees both programmers and non-programmers alike the right to alter and recompile their software.”

        The battle for Open Source Legitimacy is largely over: in many sectors, it’s actually the preferred alternative. In the task-focused world that most casual computer users inhabit, however, “open-ness” is a meaningless abstraction and the walled gardens of closed source competitors offer compelling advantages.

        In this session, I’ll explore the reasons that people make their choices, point out why “moral arguments” about open source are unlikely to change those choices, and discuss ways that our communities can further the ideals of Open Source without demonizing Grandpa’s iPad.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/974">Jeff Eaton</a>
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    Michael Ernst

    University of Washington

    Biography

    Michael Ernst is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Washington.

    Michael Ernst’s research aims to make software more reliable, more secure, and easier (and more fun!) to produce. His primary technical interests are in software engineering and related areas, including programming languages, type theory, security, program analysis, bug prediction, testing, and verification. Ernst’s research combines strong theoretical foundations with realistic experimentation, with an eye to changing the way that software developers work.

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    Paul Fenwick

    Perl Training Australia

    Biography

    Paul Fenwick is the managing director of Perl Training Australia, and has been teaching computer science for over a decade. He is an internationally acclaimed presenter at conferences and user-groups worldwide, where he is well-known for his humour and off-beat topics. Paul is the author of Perl’s autodie pragma.

    In his spare time, Paul’s interests include security, mycology, cycling, coffee, scuba diving, dressing like a pirate, and lexically scoped user pragmata.

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    Beth Flanagan works in the embedded Linux world. Her hobbies include building things, writing code and being snarky.

    Slides for the presention can be found (for now until I find a better provider) @

    http://bit.ly/OnUKTR

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    Lyza Gardner

    Cloud Four

    Biography

    Lyza Danger Gardner is a dev. Since co-founding Portland, Ore.-based mobile web start-up Cloud Four (http://www.cloudfour.com) in 2007, Lyza has tortured and thrilled herself with the intricate ins and outs of the bazillion devices and browsers now accessing the web globally. Lyza and co-founder Jason Grigsby are the authors of Head First Mobile Web (O’Reilly).

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    Renaud Gaudin

    yeleman

    Biography

    Renaud Gaudin is a french/malian developer, entrepreneur and free software activist.

    Before starting a software company in Mali, he worked with Air-France, USAID/Geekcorps and Columbia University.

    Renaud has a wide experience of ICT and Access to Information in Africa and its challenges.

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      • Title: A Snapshot of Open Source in West Africa
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Ever wonder why Wikipedia fund raising focuses that much on Africa?

        Are you curious about what Open Source means for West Africans? What it is used for and where it is going?

        Join to hear real world examples about us trying to build communities and businesses around open source in West Africa.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1091">Renaud Gaudin</a>
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    Meghan Gill

    10gen

    Biography

    Meghan Gill leads the marketing efforts at 10gen, and supports the open source community around MongoDB. She organizes developer events to educate and grow the MongoDB community, including conferences, user groups, contests, training, webcasts, and more. She graduated from Brown University with honors in 2006.

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  • Biography

    Full-stack web hacker and Add-ons Evangelist working at Mozilla, based in Vancouver BC.

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      • Title: Sorry for Browser Hacking
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        The web was born of a series of deeply audacious hacks that created and transformed the browser into the most important, transparent, buggy and misunderstood software ever. A big part of the credit for this goes to the ability of any programmer to hack the browser itself using the technology of the web itself.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/716">Jeff Griffiths</a>
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    Rudy Grigar

    OSU Open Source Lab

    Biography

    Rudy was sucked in to the world of open source in the late 90s playing QuakeWorld. He soon discovered a passion for Open Source software, Linux, and system administration. This naturally led him to the OSU Open Source Lab where he learned all things system administration; specifically with Apache, MySQL, Drupal and all of the bits in between.

    He has since worked as a Performance Engineer for Tag1 Consulting, designing scalable systems for high traffic Drupal websites, as well as a Systems Engineer for Acquia where he managed an infrastructure with over 2500 EC2 instances.

    Rudy is now back at the Open Source Lab where he works with a small team of full time staff and students hosting some of the worlds most exciting Open Source projects.

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    Biography

    Mark is a big nerd, he hangs out at #dorkbotpdx and #pdxpython these days. Has been involved with PARTS in the past and still enjoys making things go.

    He works at Intel putting Android on new phone platforms focusing on the Linux kernel.

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    Russell Haering

    Rackspace

    Biography

    Russell Haering is a software developer on the Cloud Monitoring team at Rackspace Hosting, creator of the open source deployment tool Dreadnot and all-around backend software enthusiast. Russell’s experiences as a system administrator at the OSU Open Source Lab and a developer at Cloudkick drive his goal of developing tools to enable sysadmins to be more productive in both the cloud and the datacenter.

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    Sumana Harihareswara

    Wikimedia Foundation

    Biography

    Sumana Harihareswara is Senior Technical Writer at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she works in the Engineering Community Team (formerly TLDR). She keynoted Open Source Bridge in 2012.

    She has worked at Collabora, GNOME, QuestionCopyright.org, Fog Creek Software, Behavior, and Salon.com, and contributed to the MediaWiki, AltLaw, Empathy, Miro, and Zeitgeist open source projects. She is a blogger at GeekFeminism and an advisory board member for the Ada Initiative, and was editor and release organizer for GNOME Journal. Harihareswara has presented at Foo Camp, Open Source Bridge 2013, Open Source Bridge 2012, Open Source Bridge 2011, Open Source Bridge 2010, MindCamp Seattle 2008 (“Three Models of Power: A Political Science Lens on Your Organization”), and several Wikimanias, and keynoted PICC and code4lib . She has led or organized several Wikimedia hackathons, taught several courses at UC Berkeley, and performed at Bay Area stand-up comedy venues. She holds an MS in Technology Management from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

    If you want to keep up with her, you can check out Cogito, Ergo Sumana for blogging or @brainwane for microblogging.

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    Brandon Harris

    Wikimedia Foundation

    Biography

    Senior Designer, Wikimedia Foundation

    Brandon Harris is the Senior Designer for the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit behind Wikipedia, and has worked there since 2010. He has also worked at a number of game companies in the past. He is perhaps best known to you as the unsmiling banner ad face during the Wikipedia fundraiser. His personal website is http://www.gaijin.com/ and you can follow him with @jorm.

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  • Chris Hoge

    University of Oregon

    Biography

    Scientific and Cloud Computing Technical Lead for the University of Oregon ACISS project.

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    Paula Holm Jensen

    IAAL but IANYL

    Biography

    Technology/IP lawyer familiar with open source community and its legal issues.

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    Eric Holscher

    Urban Airship

    Biography

    Eric is a developer at Urban Airship. He has a blog called Surfing in Kansas where he talks about testing and other Python, Ops, and Testing related things. When not working, he is probably hacking from a hammock somewhere in the world.

    Sessions

      • Title: Let's Make an IRC Bot
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 10:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Let’s make an IRC bot together. A room of people will either come together, or break up into teams to create an IRC bot within the context of a session. What the bot will do, is up to the people in the room. The outcome is different every time, but it will surely teach us something about technology, and human nature.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/739">Eric Holscher</a>
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    Eitan is fun, and is a long-time contributor to projects such as GNOME, and is a member of Mozilla’s accessibility team.

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    For 15 years, Eric has had a deep fascination with hacking hardware, software, music, the brain, and the agora.

    He currently splits his time between helping to build the Locker Project and TeleHash for Singly, and getting real-world sensor data into the hands of those it can most help. He is a TechStars NYC Winter 2011 alumnus. In love with the connection between software, hardware, people, and the environment in which they live, he has an unusual crush on microcontrollers, Erlang, urban homesteading and permaculture.

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    Aaron Jensen

    WebMD Health Services

    Biography

    Aaron Jensen is a Build/Configuration Management/Software Engineer for WebMD Health Services in Portland, Oregon. He has worked as a web software engineer for twelve years, working mostly with Microsoft technologie.

    He has used open source software throughout his career, and has made small contributions to the CruiseControl.NET and the MSBuild Extension Pack projects. In March of this year, he released Carbon, an automated, setup/configuration management framework, written in PowerShell.

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    Sanchit Karve

    Oregon State University

    Biography

    Sanchit is a master’s student at Oregon State University with research interests in measuring reusability of Open Source Software. He develops and maintains the Privly extension for the Opera browser and is working on an Android port for Privly . Aside from development work, he frequents websites that host crackmes to defeat protection schemes of native x86, .NET, Android and native ARM binaries. You’ll often find him hiking aimlessly across the hills or at heavy metal gigs when he’s away from his machine.
    He can be reached on LinkedIn or through his website .

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    Roan Kattouw

    Wikimedia Foundation

    Biography

    Open source enthousiast since 2005, MediaWiki developer since 2007, working for the Wikimedia Foundation since 2009.

    Sessions

      • Title: Building a Visual Editor for Wikipedia
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Why isn’t editing Wikipedia as easy as using a word processor? Want to know how to build a reliable rich text editor in a web browser? Learn about how we are building a Wikitext visual editor, and how you can get involved!

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1082">Roan Kattouw</a>, <a href="/users/1087">Trevor Parscal</a>
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    Benjamin Kero

    Mozilla Corporation

    Biography

    Ben is a system administrator at Mozilla, and spends most of his time wrestling with version control systems, embedded Linux, hardware hacking, general DIY, open source software advocacy, and weekend auto racing.

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      • Title: The Art of Open Source DJing
      • Track: Hacks
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Conditions are rough for an aspiring DJ. More and more venues are starting to care if their performers have a license for their music, and the cost of software, hardware, and music is often more than they would care to spend. Thankfully one does not have to sacrifice on quality when replacing two of these with gratis components.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1095">Benjamin Kero</a>
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    Alex Kroman

    OpenSourcery

    Biography

    Alex is a Ruby programmer and manager at New Relic. Previous to New Relic he worked at OpenSourcery and Dark Horse Comics.

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      • Title: Thriving in Chaos: An Introduction to Systems Thinking
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        For centuries we have learned to solve problems with a linear approach. This originated with Isaac Newton in the sevententh century and assumes that everything in the world is connected through cause and effect. Systems thinking throws away that assumption and examines the universe as small pieces connected into a complex network. You will learn how a systems thinking approach can be used to create robust groups that don’t have leaders.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/785">Alex Kroman</a>
  • Chris Langford

    Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

    Biography

    IT Manager at a medium sized non-profit, formerly a cog in a big healthcare machine. Happy to be searching for FOSS solutions to sticky IT problems.

    Sessions

  • Asheesh Laroia

    OpenHatch

    Biography

    Asheesh loves growing camaraderie among geeks. He chaired the Johns Hopkins Association for Computing Machinery and taught Python classes at Noisebridge, San Francisco’s hackerspace. He realizes that most of the work that makes projects successful is hidden underneath the surface.

    He has volunteered his technical skills for the UN in Uganda, the EFF, and Students for Free Culture, and is a Developer in Debian. Today, he lives in San Francisco, working on OpenHatch.

    Sessions

      • Title: Outreach Events: My Triumphs, My Mistakes
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        We all love sprinting with other experts, but how do you design an event effectively to reach out to and train newbies? It takes more work than you might think (publicity, prep, structure, and followup), but here’s how.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/449">Sumana Harihareswara</a>, <a href="/users/810">Asheesh Laroia</a>
      • Title: 29 Ways to Get Started in Open Source Today
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Learn how to get started in open source. You can help your favorite open source project, even if you don’t think you’re “a good enough programmer”. You just have to know where to start, and here you’ll learn 29 different starting points where you can pitch in and make a difference in the software that you use every day.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/810">Asheesh Laroia</a>
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    Biography

    Cloë is a carbon-based food tube who enjoys a peaceful existence on Earth in the 21st century. In order to put food through her tube she works hard drawing things that will make other food tubes happy enough to give her green paper. Green paper isn’t very good to eat, but you can usually trade it for better tube food.

    Sessions

      • Title: Bring Out the GIMP, Open Source Art Programs and Their Value in Both Tech and the Professional Artist Community
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        We have come to a point where nearly everyone is expected to have at least cursory knowledge of graphics applications, and rather than shell out $650 for a program you’re primarily interested in using for editing screenshots many in the tech community knows to download GIMP and use that $650 to fuel their caffeine and online gaming addictions. Unfortunately this is not the case with artists. From the moment you enter art school you’re chained to proprietary applications and I know I don’t have to proselytize to you lot about that.

        So we end up with one group of people being paid to use a free program for the most rudimentary of tasks and we have a second group of people who could be exploiting the most bleeding edge features of that program, but who are instead spending money they don’t have on products they may not need. There’s also the option to pirate those applications, but that’s a whole other talk.
      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1117">Cloë Latchkey</a>
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    Wm Leler

    Flightstats, Inc.

    Biography

    Wm Leler is a principal engineer at Flightstats, where he draws lots of airplanes, airports, weather, and other things on maps, and a Fellow at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he has worked with some amazing artists on web-based, virtual reality, and location-based mobile projects. He has given papers, invited talks, and courses at conferences around the world, including SIGGRAPH, JavaOne, Eurographics, and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has also founded several innovative and award-winning web companies and published two successful computer books. His love of maps is based on his passion for travel. Wm has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and a PhD in computer science. He has been creating open source software since before it was called open source.

    Sessions

  • Kenneth Lett

    Open Source Lab

    Biography

    Developer at the Open Source Lab

    Sessions

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    Greg Lund-Chaix

    Squishymedia

    Biography

    Greg has nearly two decades of experience as a developer, system administrator, and technical manager. Currently Greg is part of the team at Squishymedia, designing and building elegant information systems to government, nonprofit, and health care organizations. Prior to joining Squishymedia, Greg was part of the leadership team at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab providing infrastructure and support to many of the world’s leading open source projects.

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    Kevin Lynagh

    Keming Labs

    Biography

    Kevin visualizes data and makes statistical interfaces on the web.
    He has built tools for companies in the biotech, wind power, weather prediction, and medical industries.
    He is completely unqualified for any of this, although he once wrote a thesis on protein structure (for which Reed College inexplicably awarded him a physics degree).
    Kevin lives in Portland, Oregon, and spends as much time rock climbing as he does in the REPL.

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    Brian Martin

    Martin Consulting Services, Inc.

    Biography

    Founded Martin Consulting Services, Inc., providing system administration consulting services in the greater Portland Oregon area since 1996.

    Sessions

      • Title: Introduction to Linux Containers
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 10:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        This presentation will be of interest to system administrators and developers that want to provide isolated environments for production applications or test machines without the overhead of virtualization.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1071">Brian Martin</a>
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    Bart Massey

    Portland State University

    Biography

    Bart Massey has been geeking around with community computing for 35 years, and has been involved in Free Software and Open Source since its inception. For the past 13 years, he has been a CS Prof at Portland State University, where he works in open tech, software engineering, artificial intelligence and low-level software development.

    Bart’s titles include Secretary of the X.Org Foundation Board and Member of the PSU MCECS Innovation Program Board. Bart is the architect of the X library XCB, a modern replacement for Xlib, and the author of the XCB image extension. His current open tech interests include Inform 7, Haskell, GUI toolkits, open hardware and building bridges between pieces of the open tech community. He was one of the original participants in the Open Source Bridge conversation.

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    Biography

    I’m just a guy who likes stuff. Co-organizer of barcamp portland and the world’s largest naked bike ride, i facilitate joy and build community wherever possible. Between 9 and 5, i push on small pieces of plastic and stare at changing colored dots—but doing so changes the world. I work at New Relic (http://newrelic.com) and I love my company, my job, my team, and our product.

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    Sean McGregor

    Oregon State University

    Biography

    Sean is a Ph.D. candidate in Machine Learning at Oregon State University, and leads the development of Privly outside his research in reinforcement learning. He has been experimenting with web privacy concepts since 2009. In addition to the Privly project, Sean has developed numerous commercial or FOSS projects, including a wildlife observation system (iNaturalist.org), a healthcare eligibility portal, and a 100 year forest growth and fire simulator.

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    John Metta

    Combine Honette Ober Advancer Mettadore

    Biography

    Anthropologist, Hydrologist, Programmer and Digger of all things Tech. Elf warrior druid with a charisma of 18 who practices archery and Irish flute on a daily basis. If you ask nicely, he’ll buy you a beer.

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    Justin Miller

    Mapbox

    Biography

    Justin Miller is the mobile lead at Mapbox, a company making beautiful maps with open source software and open data. He has been hacking open source code professionally since the late 90s and has at various points in his career been a Linux/FreeBSD systems administrator for web hosting companies, a PHP and Drupal developer for non-profits, a Mac OS X and iOS developer for himself and others, and a freelancer in all of the above. He is passionate about startups, open standards, bettering the world through technology, and work/life balance.

    Sessions

  • Smilingsherri

    Biography

    Sherri lately is specializing in the dark mysteries of enterprise data, creating community for her user base, and trying to find creative ways to include Open Source in her team’s projects. She continues to teach yoga to geeks and will soon be offering a regular class to co-workers.

    When she’s not diving into metadata or commuting, Sherri gardens, makes awesome vegan food, writes on her two blogs, travels when she can, visits farmers markets, hikes, bicycles, and herds cats (+1 dog).

    Sherri lives in Portland, Oregon, with her amazing wife.

    Sessions

      • Title: Wise Asana
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 5:456:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Yoga returns to Open Source Bridge! Come with your stiff shoulders, sore wrists, tight hips and aching back. Leave with ideas on how to incorporate 5 minutes of practice into your busy day to care for your body and mind.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/599">Sherri Montgomery</a>
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    A full-time activist, essayist, and public speaker focusing on the intersection of sex and technology, maymay has more than a decade of experience working in the tech sector in various positions ranging from sysadmin, to network engineer, to web developer. As a social justice technologist, maymay rallies hackers, Makers, DIY enthusiasts, environmentalists, and myriad other groups to support sex-positive feminism. As a sexual freedom activist, maymay works to connect enclaves of the sex-positive movement with one another through the power of the Internet and social networking. And yes, for the record, he does use Vim for everything, even HTML.

    Sessions

      • Title: Anti-Censorship Best Practices: How to Make Keeping it up Easy and Taking it Down Hard
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        What do bananas have to do with censorship? What do polyamorous people have in common with fax machines? How can you help your ideas have cyber-sex?

        In this far-reaching seminar, join Social Justice Technologist and free software developer maymay as he explains the 101’s of how to make keeping your content up easy and taking it down hard. More important than merely a crash-course on tools, learn the fundamentals of how to build anti-censorship techniques directly into your publishing process using nothing more technologically complex than copy-and-paste. Whether you’re a non-technical individual or a savvy multi-national organization, you’ll discover how you can put data portability, distributed publishing, and censorship circumvention tactics to use right away in order to stay one step ahead of those who would call you “obscene.”

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/941">Meitar Moscovitz</a>
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    Max Ogden

    nerd

    Biography

    Max Ogden is a developer, open government, geospatial and CouchDB enthusiast from Portland, OR. This year he is a fellow at Code for America, an organization dedicated to helping US cities become more transparent and efficient. He is working with the City of Boston on a project focused on helping high school students better engage in their communities.

    Max also works on privacy centered social networks, open civic data standards, web based mapping tools and neighbor facing “civic web” software.

    You can see his projects at https://github.com/maxogden

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    Aaron Parecki

    Esri R&D Center, Portland

    Biography

    Aaron Parecki is the author of O’Reilly’s upcoming book on OAuth 2.0 and currently maintains oauth.net. He has spoken around the world on the future of location, authentication and ubiquitous computing. He is the creator of IndieAuth, and one of the founders of IndieWebCamp, a yearly conference on data ownership and online identity.

    Aaron is known for having tracked his location at 5 second intervals since 2008, and for co-founding Geoloqi, a location-based developer platform acquired by Esri in 2012. He is now CTO of the Esri R&D Center in Portland, a growing development team focused on location-aware technology and the future of mapping. His work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company and more. He made Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 for his work on Geoloqi.

    You can learn more about Aaron at aaronparecki.com, and you can follow him on twitter at @aaronpk

    Sessions

      • Title: From OAuth to IndieAuth: Own Your Online Identity
      • Track: Hacks
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Sick of writing sign-in code? Not sure whether to support Twitter logins, Facebook logins, or both? Try IndieAuth! IndieAuth, built on top of OAuth, is a new way to sign in to websites online using your own domain name. This talk will show how OAuth and OpenID paved the way for IndieAuth, and will provide details about how to use this on your own websites.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/548">Aaron Parecki</a>
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    Trevor Parscal

    Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

    Biography

    Trevor Parscal has been working at the Wikimedia Foundation since 2008, focusing his engineering and design efforts on the front-end of MediaWiki. Key projects he’s worked on include redesigning the look and feel of Wikipedia and creating ResourceLoader which optimizes the way JavaScript, CSS and image resources are sent to the client. His most recent work has been building a visual editor for Wikipedia.

    Sessions

      • Title: Building a Visual Editor for Wikipedia
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Why isn’t editing Wikipedia as easy as using a word processor? Want to know how to build a reliable rich text editor in a web browser? Learn about how we are building a Wikitext visual editor, and how you can get involved!

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1082">Roan Kattouw</a>, <a href="/users/1087">Trevor Parscal</a>
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    Biography

    Brandon is the Developer Happiness Engineer at Rackspace/Cloudkick in San Francisco. Previously he worked as a Kernel developer at Novell/SuSE Labs.

    He has presented at several technical conferences in the past including FreedomHEC Taipei, Linux Plumbers Conf and Ignite Portland 2 . In his spare time he tinkers with electronics and software, bikes, hikes and builds robots. For more information checkout his site.

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    Noirin Plunkett

    The Apache Software Foundation

    Biography

    Noirin Plunkett is a jack of all trades, and a master of several. A technical writer by day, her open source work epitomizes the saying “if you want something done, ask a busy person”.

    Noirin got her open source start at Apache, helping out with the httpd documentation project. Within a year, she had been recruited to the conference planning team, which she now leads. She was involved in setting up the Community Development project at Apache, has previously acted as Org Admin for the Google Summer of Code (with more than 40 students!), and continues to contribute to projects as diverse as Infrastructure and Incubator. She sits on the boards of both the Apache Software Foundation and the Open Cloud Initiative.

    At home in Ireland, Noirin was a volunteer with the St John Ambulance – since moving to Switzerland, she’s had to find new ways to help save the world. Happily, open source has opened more than just technical doors, and when Christchurch suffered a devastating earthquake earlier this year, Noirin’s knowledge of OS disaster management software meant she could quickly step up to co-ordinate the night shift of volunteers working on the Christchurch Recovery Map at http://eq.org.nz/ .

    When she’s not online, Noirin’s natural habitat is the dance floor, although she’s also a keen harpist & singer, and an excellent sous chef!

    Sessions

      • Title: Text Lacks Empathy
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Have you ever written a nice friendly email and gotten a reply that seems like they read a whole different email?

        Textual communication has special problems. This talk will help you mitigate them: ensuring that what you mean to say is what is understood; interpreting messages that seem totally out of whack; and increasing empathic bandwidth.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/111">Michael Schwern</a>, <a href="/users/771">Noirin Plunkett</a>
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    Biography

    Evan is the founder of E14N and the lead developer on pump.io.

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    Jacinta Richardson

    Perl Training Australia

    Biography

    Jacinta Richardson runs Perl Training Australia, a micro-business offering courses throughout Australia. Both as part of her job and a massive free-time sink, she is involved in running conferences (linux.conf.au 2007, Open Source Developers’ Conference (Australia) 2004-2008, Australian System Administrators Conference (SAGE-AU) 2008-2009), attending conferences, writing perl-tips, speaking at Perl Monger meetings whenever she’s in the right town, participating in on-line Perl forums and promoting women in IT. For her work in the Perl community, Jacinta was awarded the White Camel Award in 2008. When away from the computer, Jacinta enjoys scuba diving, cycling and baking.

    Sessions

      • Title: Don't Fear Unicode
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Unicode isn’t new, but it still seems hard when your starting at the beginning and haven’t even been told the difference between a glyph, a codepoint, a character and a byte. Every year there are talks and tutorials at conferences about it, but if you haven’t grasped the basics, you can feel frustrated and lost much too quickly. This talk will cover the essentials of Unicode, locale and how they affect things like regular expressions, reading and writing files and sending data out to the world. Perl will be the programming language used to demonstrate these ideas, but much of the content should be accessible to all programmers.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/800">Jacinta Richardson</a>
      • Title: Solving Interesting Problems by Writing Parsers
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        What do you do when you have to parse weird message formats? You write parser! Or, in this case a regular expression. See how I make a moderately challenging problem easy for everyone.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/800">Jacinta Richardson</a>
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    Biography

    Markus J. Q. Roberts has been pulling stunts like this on the computer industry for over thirty years.

    Sessions

      • Title: Go Go Gallimaufry
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 10:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        At one point it was popular to refer to the eyes as windows to the soul, and common wisdom accepted that you could learn a great deal about a person’s inner thoughts by looking at their eyes. Then that notion fell out of fashion, except perhaps in love songs. But once we learned how to track people’s eye motions, record them, and analyse the data, we realized that there may have been something to it.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/54">Markus Roberts</a>
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    Amye Scavarda

    Acquia

    Biography

    I am:

    • a project manager based out of Portland

    I like:

    • good websites and a good fight about what makes them good
    • opinions, standards, processes, and conversations about when they break
    • useful things that can be beautiful, but maybe not intrinsically beautiful
    • a good, well-thought out user experience
    • a good glass of wine

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    Biography

    Schwern has a copy of Perl 6, he lets Larry Wall borrow it and take notes.

    Schwern once sneezed into a microphone and the text-to-speech conversion was a regex that turns crap into gold.

    Damian Conway and Schwern once had an arm wrestling contest. The superposition still hasn’t collapsed.

    Schwern was the keynote speaker at the first YAPC::Mars.

    When Schwern runs a smoke test, the fire department is notified.

    Dan Brown analyzed a JAPH Schwern wrote and discovered it contained the Bible.

    Schwern writes Perl code that writes Makefiles that write shell scripts on VMS.

    Schwern does not commit to master, master commits to Schwern.

    SETI broadcast some of Schwern’s Perl code into space. 8 years later they got a reply thanking them for the improved hyper drive plans.

    Schwern once accidentally typed “git pull —hard” and dragged Github’s server room 10 miles.

    There are no free namespaces on CPAN, there are just modules Schwern has not written yet.

    Schwern’s tears are said to cure cancer, unfortunately his Perl code gives it right back.

    Sessions

      • Title: Text Lacks Empathy
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Have you ever written a nice friendly email and gotten a reply that seems like they read a whole different email?

        Textual communication has special problems. This talk will help you mitigate them: ensuring that what you mean to say is what is understood; interpreting messages that seem totally out of whack; and increasing empathic bandwidth.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/111">Michael Schwern</a>, <a href="/users/771">Noirin Plunkett</a>
      • Title: The Style of Style Guides
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 11:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        When you code, should you indent 2, 4 or 8 characters? Where should you put the braces? What should your variables and functions be named? Is it worth having an argument about any of this?

        This talk offers an analytical approach to deciding which elements of style will benefit your code. We’ll discover which is the “best style” and which is the style you should use.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/111">Michael Schwern</a>
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    Jason Scott

    TEXTFILES.COM and Archive Team

    Biography

    Jason Scott is a historian, filmmaker, and public speaker who has spent decades collecting all manner of computer lore, stories, artifacts and knowledge. Through his site TEXTFILES.COM, he has provided gigabytes of BBS-era textfiles and web-era graphics and cd-rom data for over 12 years, and is now working with the Internet Archive (archive.org) as a “free-range archivist” to bring in even more historical data for preservation and online access.

    In 2009, he founded the ARCHIVE TEAM, a rogue band of activist archivers downloading at-risk and closing websites of their user data to ensure the work of millions are not lost with the push of a pen on a spreadsheet. A wiki of projects and knowledge is at www.archiveteam.org.

    As a documentary filmmaker, he has created two multi-episode series, BBS: The Documentary, and GET LAMP (about Text Adventures). He is currently in production on four more documentaries.

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    Larissa Shapiro

    Mozilla

    Biography

    Larissa works on the Mozilla project, serving as the “senior program manager for product management operations”, which means lots of things, but the biggest thing it means is that she builds and implements effective product management processes for the project.

    Prior to joining Mozilla, Larissa was the first (and only) Product Manager at Internet Systems Consortium, an open source public benefit organization which is the creator and maintainer of BIND, the DNS software which serves 80% or more of the nameservers on the internet. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her family. When she is not working on open source projects, she likes to garden and sing the blues.

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  • Alolita Sharma

    Wikimedia Foundation

    Biography

    Alolita Sharma is Director of Engineering at Wikimedia Foundation – the organization that runs Wikipedia. She is a software engineer who has advocated for the use of open source software in governments, industry and academia. She currently leads the engineering initiatives around internationalization, localization and technology research at Wikipedia. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science and speaks at global conferences on emerging technologies and trends. Alolita is also a board member and the treasurer of the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

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  • Corbin Simpson

    Open Source University Open Source Lab

    Biography

    Corbin Simpson is a programmer at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab. Over the past few years, he has worked on a plethora of Python projects, including Pydra, PyPy, and Twisted. He is also the author of Bravo, an open-source Minecraft server.

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    Sean Sullivan is a software engineer specializing in web services development, mobile applications, and e-commerce systems. Sean has contributed to various open source projects, including the OAuth Java library and OpenID4Java.

    Sessions

      • Title: Getting Started with MongoDB and Scala
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 11:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        This talk is for application developers who want to get started with Scala and MongoDB. We will discuss how Gilt Groupe’s engineering team adopted Scala and MongoDB. We will demonstrate how you can connect to MongoDB within a Scala application.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1105">Sean Sullivan</a>
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    John Taylor

    iovation

    Biography

    John L. Taylor works as a Senior Data Analyst at iovation and is a member of PDX R Users and PDX Hadoop/Data Science Groups. Formerly, he was a graduate student in Logic and Computation at CMU and has BAs in philosophy and psychology.

    John is, in no particular order and among other things, an aspiring polymath, intellectual magpie, cultural gadfly, father and husband, data geek, plain-old-geek, bibliophile, pop cultural glutton, recreational mathematician, and skeptic.

    Sessions

      • Title: Machine Learning in the Open
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 10:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Machine learning and data mining methods underlie many exciting products and services, but their underlying workings remain opaque to many, even developers. I will provide a brief tutorial on some of the most important concepts and methods from machine learning and data mining, with motivating examples and illustrations from open source tools. Particular emphasis will be placed on learning methods and their appropriate use.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/845">John Taylor</a>
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    Laura Thomson

    Mozilla

    Biography

    Laura Thomson is the Webtools Engineering Manager at Mozilla. She formerly worked as a consultant and trainer on various Open Source technologies.

    Laura is the co-author of “PHP and MySQL Web Development” and “MySQL Tutorial”. She is a veteran speaker at Open Source conferences world wide.

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    Phil Tomson

    Intel

    Biography

    Phil likes cats, gardening, Kurosawa films, cooking Indian food, functional programming and the occasional hardware project. He resides in a curiously walkable part of Central Beaverton. In his day job at Intel he does emu… well, he can’t talk about that, but it’s kind of like that movie Inception.

    He’s actually not a big puzzle fan; he’d rather write a program to solve the Sudoku for him.

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    Pieter van de Bruggen rose from obscurity in 2143 to become the most prominent name in individual thought-computing, but little is known about the man prior to that moment.

    When asked about him, his colleagues said simply, “He fights for the user.”

    Sessions

      • Title: Information Radiation and You
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Building your company’s status board is more than just putting charts on a screen – numbers are just data, whether you write out the digits or plot a squiggly line. Learn to transform your data into information, and let that information instruct you.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1036">Pieter van de Bruggen</a>
      • Title: Design and Command Line Applications
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Design has permeated our culture and our tools, but the software you’re building doesn’t have a graphical interface. That doesn’t exempt you from thinking about user experience design! Learn how UX principles apply to even basic command line scripts.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1036">Pieter van de Bruggen</a>
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    Biography

    Liene enjoys learning things (nerd-wise and beyond), breaking stuff, conversational cats, well-tuned bicycles, singing, gardening recklessly, and talking about herself in the third person. She’s also the current 750words.com record holder for longest streak (1300+ days), which is a testament to all kinds of things, stubbornness and loquacity among them. Given the opportunity, her capacity for patience may stun you.

    Currently, she works (and learns) at Simple with a bunch of alarmingly clever people who probably drink too much coffee. Having finally found a company she loves working for, she now understands what all the fuss is about.

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    Leif Warner

    Janrain

    Biography

    Leif is a programming / data nerd living in Portland, Oregon. These days he loses hair at startup Janrain messing with OAuth, OpenID, functional programming languages, and more dependency management frameworks than you can shake a stick at. Someday the * in the http://*.com won’t matter.

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    Cliff Wells

    NGINX Community Manager

    Biography

    I am the current Community Manager for NGINX. I am a programmer from Portland, Oregon, I do some development, web hosting, telephony applications and more, most of the time deploying Nginx in some fashion to accomplish my goal. I run the NGINX wiki with the help of volunteers.

    Sessions

      • Title: Nginx, Overview and Deployment
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 10:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        As the #2 most popular web server, NGINX has gained attention because of its performance, scalability and ability to manage concurrent requests.
        What are the basics that every developer needs to know about NGINX? Why would you choose Nginx over some other web server? What are typical deployment scenarios?

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1061">Cliff Wells</a>
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    Biography

    Darrick has been cranking out patches to the Linux kernel for the past ten years. In that time he has worked on many areas of the kernel, most notably ext4, storage drivers, energy management, firmware hacking, and environmental sensors. He is now attempting to bring about the future of data storage, whether that means adapting existing filesystems to new classes of storage, or making it easier to repair accidental damage.

    Before that, Darrick mostly wrote software toys (compilers, interpreters, even operating systems) for fun, and nosed around inside a computer more than he admits. He has yet to find a computer that he can’t crash.

    Off-line, Darrick enjoys dancing, exploring exotic back-country with a camera, and belting out songs.

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    Onyx Neon Inc.

    Biography

    Chromatic has over a decade of experience contributing to free and open source software projects. He’s contributed to Perl 1, Perl 5, Perl 6, and Parrot. You may recognize him from myriad books, including Modern Perl.

    He is the publisher of Onyx Neon Press, which produces great books about software, technology, and modern living.

    He is also an entrepreneur involved in several projects, including Club Compy, a browser-based retro programming environment designed to introduce children of all ages to the joy of creating new things with computers.

    Sessions

      • Title: How and When to Do It Wrong
      • Track: Hacks
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Constraints make good art. Everyone knows the right way to design and implement software — but is the wrong way really so bad? This talk demonstrates unconventional approaches to solving common and real problems and explores their benefits and drawbacks.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/283">Chromatic X</a>