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    Howard Abrams

    Workday

    Biography

    Been building both the front and back-ends of web application in various languages and frameworks for over 15 years,

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    Kronda Adair

    Karvel Digital

    Biography

    Kronda Adair is the founder of Karvel Digital, a WordPress consultancy and development company. In addition to developing websites, Kronda gives business owners the training they need to own and manage their digital presence.

    She is a regular speaker at WordPress meetups and Wordcamps. She has been invited to speak at Ada Developer Academy, Beyond the Code, Lesbians Who Tech Summit, and others. She has given talks on WordPress deployment processes, successful site planning, starting your own business and more.

    She also writes and speaks about issues of diversity (or lack thereof) in the tech industry. She has been interviewed by sites such as Revision Path and Less Than or Equal. You can read her personal blog at kronda.com or sign up for her weekly newsletter at tinyletter.com/kronda

    Her latest project is a book for business owners on managing your website and other digital assets, to be released in the fall of 2015.

    When she’s not working, she can be found enjoying time at home with her wife and two cats, reading dead-tree books, riding one of her five bikes, or enjoying the postcard vistas of the state of Oregon.

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      • Title: Expanding Your Empathy
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B204
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        I believe empathy is the core competency that is missing from much of the efforts to push the tech community in a direction towards more diversity of all kinds. Companies, communities and conferences cannot expect everything to magically change until they’re willing to go deep and examine the systemic patterns and structures that keep underrepresented communities from feeling safe and welcome in the tech space.

      • Speakers: Kronda Adair
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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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    J Chris Anderson

    Couchbase

    Biography

    Chris Anderson is a co-founder of Couchbase, and loves bending the physics of the web with peer-to-peer sync. He architects the mobile database at Couchbase, with a focus on mobile HTML5 developer experience. He just moved (back) to Portland after a few years in the Bay Area, so find him if you want to go on a bike ride!

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  • Valerie Aurora

    The Ada Initiative

    Biography

    Valerie Aurora has over ten years of experience as both a Linux kernel developer and as a women in open source advocate. She worked as an operating systems developer for several leading open source companies, including Red Hat, IBM, and Sun Microsystems. She designed, wrote code, and conducted research in the fields of file systems and networking. During the same period, she contributed over 5000 hours of volunteer time as a leading women in open source advocate.

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    Julie Baumler rotates between being a sys admin who programs and a programmer who sys admins. She is not a DBA but she has played one on TV. She has loved computers and programming since elementary school when her father took her and a copy of Creative Computing to the public library to use their single Commodore Pet. For the last two years, she has been working as a developer on the CATME SMARTER project, a set of online, behaviorally based tools for team formation and peer evaluation at the university level.

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  • Alex Bayley

    Growstuff

    Biography

    Alex “Skud” Bayley is a social justice activist, software developer, and advocate for open technology and culture beyond the “open source” world. Born and raised in Australia, Skud has also lived and worked in the United States and Canada, for companies ranging from small Linux startups to Fortune 500 behemoths. Although best known for her open source work in the Perl community, she’s recently switched to Ruby on Rails to develop Growstuff, an open source/open data project for food gardeners. Her other recent projects include the Geek Feminism blog and wiki, the pro-pseudonym advocacy site My Name Is Me, Written? Kitten!, and the newly-formed women’s tech group The Disreputable Order of Hopperites. She is a speaker of international repute, having presented at scores of conferences worldwide on tech, culture, and the intersection between the two.

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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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  • Peter Braden

    frozenridge.co

    Biography

    Peter Braden is the author of the node-opencv bindings that allow node scripts
    to interface with this powerful computer vision library.

    He’s both excited and terrified for a future of seeing drones and robots.

    He works as a web consultant-of-all-trades at frozenridge.co

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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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    Michael Alan Brewer

    The University of Georgia

    Biography

    Michael Brewer is an Application Programmer Specialist for the Franklin College Office of Information Technology at The University of Georgia. He designs database-backed web applications used by thousands of students and faculty and has served on several college and University-wide committees on Web development, best practices, and application security. In 2005, he won an Advising Technology Innovation Award from the National Academic Advising Association for an academic advising application he maintains; he also serves on the board of the United States PostgreSQL Association. He holds bachelor degrees in both Mathematics and Music from The University of Georgia, conducts Georgia’s oldest continuously-operating community band, and is a member of ASCAP.

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  • Kellie Brownell

    Electronic Frontier Foundation

    Biography

    By day, Kellie works to build a strong community of support for EFF’s mission (ie. enhance the rights and freedoms of technology users). By night, she serves as an advisory board member to the Ada Initiative, co-organizes a peer support group called Fundraising Anxiety Busters, and encourages her peers at other nonprofits to adopt CiviCRM for all their database needs.

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    James Burkhart

    Rackspace

    Biography

    Engineer at Rackspace working on Monitoring as a Service.

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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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    Journalist working with open data, using open source tools. Believer in accessibility for all. Social justice advocate. Open Source Bridge organizer.

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    Tim Chevalier

    AlephCloud Systems

    Biography

    I’ve been programming in Haskell for 14 years. After a 3-year sojourn at Mozilla working on the Rust team, I returned to functional programming as a software engineer at AlephCloud Systems. I studied computer science at Portland State University; the University of California, Berkeley; and Wellesley College. I’ve been contributing to open-source projects for ten years. When I’m not writing code, I like to write about social and political issues, ride my bicycle, and play with my cats.

    Sessions

      • Title: Rust: A Friendly Introduction
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 10:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Conventional wisdom says that writing high-performance code means working without the safety net of credible compile-time safety checks. Mozilla Research (a community of researchers, engineers, and volunteers) is trying to prove that conventional wisdom wrong by building Rust, a new systems programming language. Rust takes advantage of well-understood programming language technology to combine aggressive compile-time error checking with the high degree of direct control over the machine necessary to write efficient systems programs. By way of examples, I’ll teach you how to use Rust to write fast and trustworthy code.

      • Speakers: Tim Chevalier
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    Rogan Creswick

    Galois, Inc

    Biography

    Rogan Creswick develops unique tools and techniques for software development at Galois, Inc. His research interests focus on improving the state of the art in software engineering tools and user interfaces. His experience also reaches into the areas of user interface automation and customization via integrated assistants and automated documentation aides at IBM Research. He has striven to provide natural interfaces to ease communication with complex and semi-sentient agents through existing tools that have already become trustworthy and familiar to their users.

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      • Title: FiveUI: Open-source UX tests for the common good
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Testing User Interfaces is hard! FiveUI 1 is here to help. While FiveUI happens to provide a handy framework for doing headless and interactive UI testing; it is really intended for sharing tests and sharing a framework for executing them.

        FiveUI consists of a browser extension (for Firefox and Google Chrome), a headless batch system, and a set of UI consistency guidelines. The guidelines are written in JSON and Javascript such that they remain readable and understandable to human developers, without being tied to a specific application. The guidelines can be checked on an individual web page by hand using the browser extensions, or on an entire website using the headless system.

        1 http://galoisinc.github.com/FiveUI/

      • Speakers: Benjamin Jones, Rogan Creswick
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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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    Biography

    Staff Engineer at MongoDB in New York City specializing in C, Python, and async. Lead developer of the MongoDB C Driver libraries libbson and libmongoc. Author of Motor, an async MongoDB driver for Tornado and asyncio. Contributor to Python, PyMongo, MongoDB, Tornado, and asyncio. Co-author with Guido van Rossum of “A Web Crawler With asyncio Coroutines”, a chapter in the Architecture of Open Source Applications series.

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      • Title: What Is Async, How Does It Work, And When Should I Use It?
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        “Asynchronous” or “non-blocking” frameworks like Tornado and Node.js are in fashion, but most programmers still don’t have a rigorous understanding of what’s meant by asynchronous, how these frameworks function, and when they’re appropriate to use. I’ll give a detailed tour of Tornado’s event loop and show exactly how it works, and under what circumstances it’s superior to a traditional multithreaded web server. You’ll learn how to write the most efficient servers for modern apps with very large numbers of concurrent connections.

      • Speakers: A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
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    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: How My Kids Are Learning to Program By Talking
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        My children have patiently tolerated a number of teach-STEM-quick schemes their dad has brought home. They’ve taught robots to dance, created simple animations using Scratch, and, quite frankly, made a lot of poop jokes.

        What’s missing from these programming tools was storytelling. The ones we tried focused either on easy interactivity or expressive power. If only there were a way to combine the two… oh, wait, there was—46 years ago!

      • Speakers: Ian Dees
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    Ashe Dryden is an indie developer living in Madison, WI. She’s been involved with the web in some form or another over the course of the past 12 years. Ashe is known for being outspoken about the need for diversity, inclusiveness, and empathy. When she isn’t discussing technology, she’s cycling, tweeting, playing board games, debating the social implications of Star Trek episodes, being that awkward girl at the party, and waiting for her next burrito fix.

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      • Title: Morning Keynote: Ashe Dryden
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: Sanctuary
      • Time: 9:009:45am
      • Excerpt:

        It’s been scientifically proven that more diverse communities and workplaces create better products and the solutions to difficult problems are more complete and diverse themselves. Companies are struggling to find adequate talent. So why do we see so few women, people of color, and LGBTQ people at our events and on the about pages of our websites? Even more curiously, why do 60% of women leave the tech industry within 10 years? Why are fewer women choosing to pursue computer science and related degrees than ever before? Why have stories of active discouragement, dismissal, harassment, or worse become regular news?

      • Speakers: Ashe Dryden
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    Joe began his love of programming on an Apple III in BASIC. Although his preferred language is javascript, he has worked professionally with just about every major Microsoft language. He is currently a front end developer for Domo Inc. Joe has always had a strong interest in education, and has worked both full and part time as a technical teacher for over ten years. He is a frequent blogger and speaker, the curator of testdrivenjs.com, and a panelist on the JavaScript Jabber podcast (http://javascriptjabber.com/)

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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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      • Title: The Perl Renaissance
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        The Perl Renaissance is in full swing. Join internationally acclaimed speaker and White Camel Award winner Paul Fenwick as we explore some of the most freakin’ amazing developments in the land of Perl!

      • Speakers: Paul Fenwick
      • Title: Human Interfaces for Geeks
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        As technical professionals we excel at understanding protocols, standards, file-formats, and APIs. Whenever there is a doubt as to the correct way to do things, one merely needs to read the fine manual or source code.

        Unfortunately the reference manual for humans was lost a long time ago, and the source code is poorly documented. We’ve been struggling with inter-human communication ever since.

        Paul Fenwick will present his findings at reverse-engineering the human communication protocol.

      • Speakers: Paul Fenwick
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    Edward Finkler

    Funkatron Productions

    Biography

    With over 15 years of passionate web development experience and open source advocacy, Ed Finkler loves empowering people through technology. He’s excited about creating things and sharing them with the world.

    He served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University for 9 years. More recently, he has been helping startup teams build exciting e-commerce, social sharing, and mapping systems. He’s a proud member of the Fictive Kin team, working on Done Not Done, Gimme Bar, and lots of other cool stuff.

    Ed spends much of his free time creating and working on open source projects such as Spaz, a long-running, award winning microblogging client. Ed also created the PHP libraries like FUnit, Resty.php, PHPSecInfo, and Inspekt.

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    Scott Garman is an Embedded Linux Engineer and Technical Evangelist at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. He is a core team member of the Yocto Project, a framework for creating custom embedded Linux distributions. More recently, Scott is helping to cultivate an open source community around the MinnowBoard embedded hardware platform. He is active in the open source developer community in Portland, OR.

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    Matthew Garrett is a Linux developer, specialising in low level interactions between the kernel and system firmware. He’s now using these skills at Nebula to improve system security in the cloud.

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    Sucheta Ghoshal

    Student, Intern at Wikimedia Foundation

    Biography

    Hi, this is Sucheta! I would say I am a FOSS enthusiast just, if I had not almost taken it up as my Religion. :)

    I am currently an OPWomen Intern at Wikimedia, working on the EtherEditor project. I am a FOSS user since 2008 and a contributor since 2011. I am a member of several Linux User Groups. And run one, in my college Netaji Subhash Engineering College. I actively contribute to various open source projects like Mozilla( Fennec Browser), Fedora Project ( Translator ), by both coding and organizing several outreach events. Also. I am an active Wikimedian from Kolkata chapter and a serious contributor to Wikipedia.

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      • Title: We, the people.
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Its a simple talk.
        About Us.

        We shall, explain things as they are around us, how we got into the community, give suggestions on how people can help more people get into the community from a similar environment.

      • Speakers: Sucheta Ghoshal, Harsh Kothari
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    Yoz Grahame

    Neo Innovation

    Biography

    Yoz has done all kinds of web hacking over the past 20 years. Originally from London, he now lives in San Francisco, and is a senior engineer at Neo, a remarkably well-tooled international consultancy run by the people who brought you Pivotal Labs, Digital Garage and “The Lean Startup”.

    Previously he contributed to such bizarre and frankly silly projects as Second Life, Dio, Ning, lots of Douglas Adams-related things (h2g2, Starship Titanic, douglasadams.com and the Hitchhiker’s movie), some MySociety civic-engagement tools (WriteToThem, TheyWorkForYou), The IT Crowd and Limmud. His amateur wrestling name is “Dr Henry Metzger”.

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      • Title: Programming Is Debugging, So Debug Better
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Debugging: The schedule destroyer, the confidence sapper, the mire in which thousands of working hours are lost every day. It’s time to stop staring at those four lines of code, desperately willing the bug to appear. This session is about the philosophies that will steer you around bugs, strategies for dealing with them, and tools that can shorten a four-hour debugging session to five minutes.

      • Speakers: Yoz Grahame
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    Adron Hall

    Basho

    Biography

    I’m a jovial coder, beer drinker, coffee aficionado, bicyclist, guitar player, gamer and nerd among other things. I work extensively with startups and mid-size companies, currently employed at Basho, the makers of the open source Riak Database and other things. I live and breath the tech industry and always look for other ways to share what I do and what I love with the tech community.

    Cheers!

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    Jesse Hallett

    Galois Inc., Tozny, Portland JavaScript Admirers

    Biography

    Jesse Hallett is a founder and organizer of the Portland JavaScript Admirers users group. Jesse works at Galois as a research engineer, and at Tozny. These days Jesse is excited about

    - React, and functional patterns around application development
    - JS apps everywhere with React Native and Electron
    - Democratizing the social web

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      • Title: Mod your Android
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 11:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Take control of your hardware by installing an open build of Android. Learn about what is involved in installing a third-party OS on your phone or tablet. Bring your own device to hack on in a supportive environment.

      • Speakers: Jesse Hallett
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    Sumana Harihareswara is an open source programmer and teacher. She was keynote speaker at Open Source Bridge in 2012, code4lib in 2014, and Wiki Conference USA in 2014.

    She was most recently Senior Technical Writer at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she worked in the Engineering Community Team (formerly TLDR). 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 was a blogger at GeekFeminism and a member of the board of directors of the Ada Initiative, and was editor and release organizer for GNOME Journal. Harihareswara has presented at Foo Camp, PyCon 2014, Open Source Bridge 2013, Open Source Bridge 2012, Open Source Bridge 2011, Open Source Bridge 2010, several Wikimanias, and MindCamp Seattle 2008, and keynoted PICC. 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 participated in the Recurse Center in 2013 and 2014, 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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    Evan Heidtmann

    Squishymedia

    Biography

    After several years as a post-collegiate nomad in the wilderness of Idaho and the music venues of Austin, Evan is back in Portland and returning to his roots in web development and open source software.

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    Liz Henry

    Mozilla, geekfeminism.org

    Biography

    Liz Henry is the Bugmaster for Mozilla and is on the Automation Tools team.

    She was formerly a developer and producer for BlogHer. She helped organize some BarCamps and Wiki Wednesdays while working for Socialtext, and dabbles in Python, Perl, and php. Liz has presented at KiwiCon, Hackmeet, The Story, Internet 2013, SXSWi, BlogHer Geek Lab, linux.conf.au, DrupalSouth, She’s Geeky, Maker Faire, ETech, and many more conferences.

    Her books include Unruly Islands and The WisCon Chronicles: Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction . She lives with her partner and their children in San Francisco.

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    Justin Hileman

    Presentate.com

    Biography

    Justin Hileman makes the Internet. He’s co-founder of Presentate, an Open Source contributor, a full-contact hackathon enthusiast.

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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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    Leigh Honeywell

    HackLabTO

    Biography

    Leigh Honeywell is a jane of many trades. By day, she’s a computer security consultant working on a variety of projects while finishing up a degree at the University of Toronto. By night (and sometimes over lunch) she is a co-founder and director of HackLab.TO, Toronto’s hacker space. She also serves on the board of advisors of the SECtor security conference, is a Google Summer of Code mentor, as well as an avid cyclist, book nerd, and traveler.

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    Andrew Jawitz

    Code for America Brigade, Maine

    Biography

    I am a Co-Captain of Code for Maine, the Code for America Brigade in southern Maine. I am the founder of CarFree Maine, and organization dedicated to finding alternatives to auto-dependency in rural regions/small cities. I have also learned a great deal from working with the vibrant African immigrant community in Maine, advising in the formation of the African Diaspora Institute. My background is not in technology, but rather in archival recording, ethnographic fieldwork and oral history documentary. This background helped me appreciate the importance of qualitative over quantitative data in rural regions and other communities where place and culture plays a significant role. I became interested in open source technology, and open hardware in particular, as having great potential to leverage place-based assets instead of erasing them.

    Sessions

      • Title: Where "Small is Beautiful" meets "Big Data"- Empowering Local Communities with Open Hardware
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed”

        - Author William Gibson

        Whether rightly or wrongly so, it has been argued that the "information revolution’ has resulted in a wider gap between those with skills and access to digital resources and those who do not. The same can apply to entire communities where language, geography and cultural barriers have created a new world of “Have Nots”. The growing civic hacker movement is making long strides towards eliminating the “silicon ceiling” effect, but thanks to the emerging practice of “open hardware” the “civic hacker” is joined by a new class known as the “maker”… The civic hacker is capable of great things, and already has enough of a track record to be proud of. But the hacker ultimately is, and should remain, part of a vanguard elite who like the Bletchley Park codebreakers of WWII possess skills of such value that the work of a single individual can have a direct impact on the outcome of a war (or election…) The “Maker” on the other hand represents a fundamental break from a passive society of consumers into something more closely resembling the small-scale producers and artisans on which the U.S was based on.
      • Speakers: Andrew Jawitz
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    Benjamin Jones

    Galois, Inc.

    Biography

    I am a mathematician by training. I work on research and engineering at Galois, a software company focused on creating trustworthiness in critical systems.

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      • Title: FiveUI: Open-source UX tests for the common good
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Testing User Interfaces is hard! FiveUI 1 is here to help. While FiveUI happens to provide a handy framework for doing headless and interactive UI testing; it is really intended for sharing tests and sharing a framework for executing them.

        FiveUI consists of a browser extension (for Firefox and Google Chrome), a headless batch system, and a set of UI consistency guidelines. The guidelines are written in JSON and Javascript such that they remain readable and understandable to human developers, without being tied to a specific application. The guidelines can be checked on an individual web page by hand using the browser extensions, or on an entire website using the headless system.

        1 http://galoisinc.github.com/FiveUI/

      • Speakers: Benjamin Jones, Rogan Creswick
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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.

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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: DIY Electric Vehicles
      • Track: Hacks
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Everybody today has heard of electric vehicles, yet almost nobody has ever seen one, touched one, or driven one. I think this is a shame and would like to correct that. Come join me for 45 minutes of explanation and demonstration about the basics of electric vehicles from electric bicycles all the way to passenger vehicles. Building these vehicles at home is easily within the realm of anybody unafraid to pick up a few simple tools and learn a few basic concepts.

      • Speakers: Benjamin Kero
      • Title: FirefoxOS
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        FirefoxOS is Mozilla’s response to the problems that it sees with the mobile space. Walled gardens, platform fragmentation, and single-purpose SDKs in non-web programming languages threaten to close off the open web from the mobile space. In this presentation I will be covering the basics of FirefoxOS, and how it is the only mobile OS that answers to nobody but you.

      • Speakers: Benjamin Kero
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    Andre Klapper

    Wikimedia Foundation

    Biography

    Andre Klapper is the Bugwrangler for Wikimedia Foundation as a part of the Engineering Community Team. He has also handled bug reports in the GNOME, Maemo and Mer projects. Apart from that he is also a member of GNOME’s Release Team, has worked in the GNOME Translation Coordination team and is the author and maintainer of the user documentation of the Evolution mail application.

    Sessions

      • Title: Bugs, bugs, bugs!
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Bugmasters from Wikimedia, Mozilla, and GNOME argue entertainingly about bug management. We shall reveal our best Bugzilla hacks as well as waxing philosophical about open source project developer communities!

      • Speakers: Liz Henry, Andre Klapper
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    Sherri Koehler

    Samatha Yoga

    Biography

    In December 2013 Sherri made the rather abrupt decision to leave tech and pursue her dream of teaching yoga. She’s well acquainted with all the physical bad habits associated with working at a computer for hours on end, having had all of them herself during her 17-year career in tech.

    Sherri has a passion for teaching Classical Hatha, Restorative, and Gentle Flow Yoga styles, as well as Pranayama and Meditation. She is ardent about attention to the breath and use of props to support an accessible practice. She believes it possible for everyone to experience joy & ease in practice, even while staying at the edge of intensity in asana. Sherri is dedicated to fostering compassion, loving-kindness, equanimity, and empathetic joy on and off the mat.

    Sessions

      • Title: Smart Asana
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: Fuller Hall
      • 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: Sherri Koehler
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    Harsh Kothari

    Student, MediaWiki Contributor

    Biography

    I am Harsh Kothari. Final year Engineering student and passionate programmer. Currently doing research on Artificial Intelligence at Physical Research Laboratory,India. I am FOSS contributor currently contributing in MediaWiki. I am Promoter of 1st MediaWiki Group of India and speaker at various place across India of Technical workshops regarding to Mediawiki and open source Technology. I am active community member of Wikipedia. I am Fedora Ambassador and Mozilla Student Representative. I am one of the ambassador of FOSS program of Government of India and Promoting open source technology across Gujarat.

    Sessions

      • Title: We, the people.
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Its a simple talk.
        About Us.

        We shall, explain things as they are around us, how we got into the community, give suggestions on how people can help more people get into the community from a similar environment.

      • Speakers: Sucheta Ghoshal, Harsh Kothari
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    Spencer Krum

    Portland State Univ - Computer Action Team

    Biography

    Spencer Krum is a senior in General Science at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He will be graduating in Spring/Summer 2013 with a minor in physics. Spencer has been working with Linux for 5 years and joined the Portland State Computer Action Team in Fall of 2010 to become a systems administrator. Spencer now works on the Linux, Unix, and Networking teams for TheCAT. His tools are puppet, shell, git and IOS. Spencer is a member of the PDXDevOps user group. Spencer’s primary projects at Portland State have been monitoring and LDAP.

    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.

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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

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    Duke Leto

    Open Source Bridge

    Biography

    Jonathan “Duke” Leto is the root commit of PDX Git Together and does many other things

    Duke is also a mentor and org admin for Parrot Foundation in Google Summer of Code 2013.

    Most recently, Duke has launched BrewPony, which is, of course, powered by Free and Open Source software and on Github

    Sessions

  • Kenneth Lett

    Open Source Lab

    Biography

    Developer at the Open Source Lab

    Sessions

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    Josh Lim

    Wikimedia Philippines

    Biography

    Josh Lim is a student at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Metro Manila, the Philippines, majoring in Political Science. He is also a longtime Wikipedia editor, having edited since April 2005, and is currently sitting on the Board of Trustees of Wikimedia Philippines, the Philippine local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation.

    Since 2011, he has taken interest in analyzing social relations on the Wikimedia projects, and hopes that he can contribute something meaningful to the discipline somehow.

    Sessions

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    Mathew Lippincott

    Public Laboratory

    Biography

    Mathew is of the opinion that the future needs better instructions. An artist and designer working in technology development and education, he splits his time between creating low-cost science kits and restroom reform. A founding member of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab), and MDML design, Mathew’s recent life highlights include his Balloon Mapping Kickstarter being listed as one of the 10 best projects of 2012, MDML’s Sewer Catastrophe Companion being exhibited at the Center for Disease Control and approved by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and developing signage for the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle.

    Sessions

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    Todd Lisonbee is a Lead Application Engineer at Nike.

    Sessions

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    Biography

    Sam Livingston-Gray has been turning money into code since 1998. He got his start using Access 97, and came to his senses – and Ruby – in 2006. He works on internal apps at LivingSocial, and secretly hopes that there will be a Hungry Academy 2 so he can do more mentoring.

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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.

    Sessions

  • Mike Mangino

    Elevated Code

    Biography

    Since obtaining his BS in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University, Mike has held a variety of positions in both large and small companies. Most Recently, Mike was a Vice President at JPMorganChase, responsible for software architecture and development for the Global Storage division.

    After living through the .com highs and lows, Mike decided it was time to better understand the world of the startup. In 2004, he earned his MBA through the part time program at the Fisher College of Business where he was recognized by the faculty for academic excellence.

    Since founding Elevated Code, Mike has helped more than a dozen startups launch their products. He has been a featured speaker at RailsConf, The Rails Edge and Ruby East. He even wrote a book for The Pragmatic Bookshelf.

    When not running Elevated Rails, Mike can often be found running with Back on My Feet. He has run seven marathons and one double marathon. Mike’s current running goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Mike enjoys volunteering with Back On My Feet and Mighty Writers.

    Mike lives in Philadelphia with his wife Jen and their two sons, Mikey and Tommy.

    Sessions

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    Biography

    Francois is a software engineer on the Mozilla Identity team where he fights for the open Web by building alternatives to centralised proprietary silos.

    A long time Debian developer, Francois has been involved in Open Source for over 10 years and regularly contributes to several projects. He also volunteers for the Free Software Foundation and leads the development of Libravatar.

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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 15 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 Member of the PSU MCECS Innovation Program Board and past Secretary of the X.Org Foundation 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 Haskell, 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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    chris mccraw

    New Relic

    Biography

    I’m a community builder, joy facilitator, adventurer, and nice guy…who likes stuff!

    I’m paid to provide developer support for New Relic.

    Sessions

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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.

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    Joshua Mitchell

    Web and Enterprise Applications Manager at Multnomah County

    Biography

    ??Joshua Mitchell is the Web and Enterprise Applications Manager at Multnomah County. He has over 10 years of experience leading design and development teams in higher education, start up and enterprise organizations. Joshua brings a unique web as a platform strategy to organizations that need to build complex systems quickly while keeping cost of ownership low.

    In three years at Multnomah County, he led the teams that launched a new public website platform (migrating all previously separate websites), a rapid application deployment platform with over 12 productivity and publishing apps for county departments, a new Intranet built on social and collaboration tools, a learning management system to promote online learning and a website for the Multnomah County Library that is drawing excited reviews from around the country.

    Joshua focuses his development strategy on open source projects (i.e. Drupal and Apache Solr) and software as a service solutions that can be integrated into the enterprise (i.e. Google Apps for Government). His mantra for all software is that it should do less faster and meet the needs of the people over process.

    Sessions

  • Ele Munjeli

    DemocracyLab, CIRAL, Civitas ARG

    Biography

    Ele Munjeli is a developer for CIRAL, the Civic Intelligence Research and Action Lab at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Her research and code is focused on Online Deliberation, making applications for community decision making. She is a member of ODDI, the Online Dialog and Deliberation Infrastructure workgroup, a collaborative effort to establish standards for online deliberation; also NCDD, the National Coalition for Dialog and Deliberation. For the last year she’s been coding on two applications: Eliberate, a chat application which enforces Robert’s Rules of Order; and Civitas ARG, an augmented reality game and transmedia project with a forum optimized for collaborative action. She speaks and publishes regularly about online deliberation, the deliberative feature set for developers, and how to fit an application to an online community and the decisions they need to make.

    Sessions

      • Title: Citizenship Online: Open Source Politics
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 11:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Online deliberation refers to applications which help communities make decisions. This varies from Exploratory deliberation, like Amazon reviews, where an individual makes a decision by consulting their community, to very structured Decision Making deliberations where a community needs to forge a single legally and logically defensible decision.

      • Speakers: Ele Munjeli
  • Daniel Nichter

    Test Noir

    Biography

    Daniel Nichter is the founder and creator of Test Noir, the web service that simplifies multi-environment software testing by centralizing, organizing, and analyzing your test results. He’s also the lead MySQL tools developer Percona, the oldest and largest independent MySQL consulting company. Daniel has been programming and developing with Perl and MySQL for 10 years.

    Sessions

      • Title: Quick Cure for the Shame of Untested Software
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        As the founder of a company focused on software testing, I speak often to developers who admit in private: “Yes, testing is important… but we don’t test.” Reasons vary, but the basic problem is that testing is seen as too difficult and time-consuming with no apparent value for the effort. In this talk I hope to convince you that this problem is a false dilemma and show you how to get started testing software quickly and easily.

      • Speakers: Daniel Nichter
      • Title: Pro Bash Development; Way Beyond Shell Scripting
      • Track: Hacks
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        All Unix/Linux users know a little shell scripting, even if they’re unaware of it. Pipes, for example, are a part of the Bash/sh language. Bash/sh, i.e. shell scripting, is usually treated as just that: shell scripting. But if you’re crazy enough, you can develop full-blown profession, modular, and tested (yes, tested!) programs in Bash. It takes a little finesse, but I’ll show you how, and you just might think twice about using Bash—really using it—in the future.

      • Speakers: Daniel Nichter
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    Michael Ossmann

    Great Scott Gadgets

    Biography

    Michael Ossmann is a wireless security researcher who makes hardware for hackers. He founded Great Scott Gadgets in an effort to put exciting, new tools into the hands of innovative people.

    Sessions

  • Denise Paolucci

    Dreamwidth Studios

    Biography

    Denise Paolucci is the co-founder of Dreamwidth Studios (www.dreamwidth.org), a blogging and community platform. She’s been working in open source for sixteen years, and will talk your ear off about accessibility, disability, diversity, creativity, community, privacy, and knitting, although probably not all at the same time.

    Sessions

      • Title: Kicking Impostor Syndrome In The Head
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 10:0010:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Impostor syndrome — the persistent belief that any minute everyone around you is going to figure out you’re not at all qualified — happens to a majority of the tech industry; nobody talks about it, because nobody wants to be the first to admit it. This talk confronts that feeling head-on, and addresses ways to readjust your perceptions of your accomplishments to accurately reflect reality.

      • Speakers: Denise Paolucci
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    Aaron Parecki

    IndieWeb

    Biography

    Aaron Parecki is the co-founder of IndieWebCamp, a yearly conference on data ownership and online identity. He is the editor of the W3C Webmention and Micropub specifications, and maintains oauth.net. He has spoken at conferences around the world about owning your data, OAuth, quantified self, and even explained why R is a vowel.

    Aaron has tracked his location at 5 second intervals since 2008, and is the co-founder and former CTO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. 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

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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

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    Nova Patch

    Shutterstock

    Biography

    Nova Patch is a software engineer on the International Search team at Shutterstock, specializing in internationalization, localization, and multilingual information retrieval; and focusing on developing a search and discovery experience that supports the world’s languages, writing systems, and cultures. They are an open source developer, contributor to the Unicode CLDR, and member of the Unicode Consortium.

    Sessions

      • Title: Unicode Best Practices
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Developing applications to handle the natural languages and written scripts of the world—or even a small handful of them—is an impressively large task. Fortunately, Unicode provides tools to do just that. It’s more than just a character set, it’s a collection of standards for working with the world’s textual data. The problem is: Unicode itself is complex!

      • Speakers: Nova Patch
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    Michael Pigg

    Chariot Solutions

    Biography

    Michael is currently focusing on training developers in building applications with the Typesafe stack and AngularJS. Prior to that, he was on the front lines as a consultant developing applications using Scala and related technology.

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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!

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    Greg Price

    Solano Labs

    Biography

    Greg Price is a software engineer bringing fast, automated continuous integration to everyone with Solano Labs. Previously he worked at Quora, and helped Ksplice make rebooting obsolete.

    Greg once thought a career making theorems instead of code would be fun, but after two years of a few good theorems and much more code snuck into off-hours, he decided to run with it. He loves Python in practice, Haskell in principle, and creating code that communicates its meaning clearly to both computers and people and solves the right problem well.

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    Biography

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

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    noopur raval

    The Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore

    Biography

    Technology. Education. Wikipedia. Cinema. Photography. Woman.

    Noopur Raval crawls the interwebs to produce accounts of techno-cultures. She currently works at the Access to Knowledge team at CIS in India and is pursuing her PhD in Cinema Studies at JNU, New Delhi.

    Sessions

      • Title: Failure and Wikipedia: how encyclopedias work
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        This talk is about my experience with promoting Wikipedia in Indian languages, OpenGLAM projects in India and the problems I’ve encountered. I also want to draw parallels to how the encyclopedia project itself, especially online works on notions of rough consensus, thereby articulating a specific political position for the community and reflecting a world view through the knowledge they produce.

      • Speakers: noopur raval
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    Markus J. Q. Roberts has been pulling stunts like this on the computer industry for over thirty years.

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    Kevin Scaldeferri

    New Relic

    Biography

    Kevin Scaldeferri is a software developer specializing in scalable, high-performance server applications. He spent several years at Yahoo building ad serving systems, and at Gilt Groupe, maintaining the core e-commerce and order processing components, as well as development tools, infrastructure, and architecture. He currently works on distributed data storage and query engines at New Relic.

    He has spoken at OSCON, Open Source Bridge, Lambda Jam, CUFP, YAPC, several user groups, and given internal tech talks on a variety of topics such as “How to Serve a Billion Requests a Day with Perl”, “Beautiful Concurrency with Erlang”, SBT, Continuous Deployment strategies, and more.

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    Amye Scavarda

    Red Hat

    Biography

    Community Lead who feeds and waters Gluster.

    Sessions

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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.

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    Larissa Shapiro

    Mozilla

    Biography

    Larissa works on the Mozilla project, where after having led product management process change, she has shifted to leading contributior and pathway development on the community building team, which seeks to change the community building culture for the better and grow Mozilla’s global contributor base.
    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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    Sarah Sharp

    Intel

    Biography

    Sarah Sharp is a Linux Kernel hacker at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Portland State Aerospace Society, an open source/open hardware group that builds amateur rockets. Sarah is also a member of Portland’s Code ’N Splode group.

    Sarah has used git in many projects for two years: her wedding wiki, blog, Linux kernel projects, and keeping track of her home directory.

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    Brian Shirai

    Engine Yard, Inc

    Biography

    Brian created RubySpec (http://rubyspec.org) and has been working on Rubinius (http://rubini.us) since 2006. Brian has proposed a minimalist, collaborative design process for the Ruby programming language ( http://rubyspec.org/design ).

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  • Jerry Sievert

    Esri Portland R&D Center

    Biography

    Jerry loves software, hardware, lego, and flying things.

    Sessions

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    Linux nerd since 1998. Emily has been a sysadmin generalist since 1998 with a special focus on mysql and a love of bad shell scripting.

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    Edward Snajder

    Jive Software

    Biography

    Database Administrator, Jiver, 3d printer-er, raspberry pi-er & geek.

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    DAVID STANTON

    For Journalism

    Biography

    I’ve taught 30 class sections at the University of Florida running the gamut of technical journalism topics. I frequently teach at The Poynter Institue as well as at workshops organized by SND, ONA and NAHJ. I’ve been teaching with synchronous and asynchronous online components since 2008.

    My day job is acting as managing developer at smartmediacreative.com along with helping build platforms for majorplanetstudios.org.

    I actively conduct tablet and mobile research with The Poynter Institute.

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    Emily Stolfo

    10gen

    Biography

    Emily is an Engineer / Evangelist with the 10gen MongoDB Ruby driver team and an adjunct faculty at Columbia University. Before joining 10gen, Emily worked as a Ruby on Rails developer at a NYC startup but her history with Rails goes back to a research project at Paris’ Louvre Museum. In addition to enjoying programming and art, Emily likes to travel and run when not teaching Rails in her free time.

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    Kurt Sussman

    Merlot Research Group, Inc.

    Biography

    Embedded systems to shrink-wrap software with two top 10 software companies to Silicon Valley dotcoms to SQA consulting to my own startups, it’s been a wild ride.

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    Jessica Lynn Suttles is vegan, loves cats, and is a software engineer at G5, where she sometimes gets to work on open source. Ruby on Rails is her main squeeze, but she spends more and more time with JavaScript. She enjoys simplicity and going with the flow.

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  • Me

    Biography

    Rubyist, open source advocate, femgineer

    Sessions

      • Title: My First Year of Pull Requests
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Open source folks are passionate about the tools they make and want others to get involved. Yet, in the past year that I’ve been developing software full time, I’ve seen a wide variety of responses from maintainers. On one hand, I’ve been inspired by the Travis-CI maintainer who followed up with my bug report over several weeks, on the other hand, my pull request to JDBC has lain fallow.

      • Speakers: Fiona Tay
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    Researcher, Mathematician,Statistician, Six Sigma Black Belt, coder; I guess that makes me a data scientist.

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    Sebastian Tiedtke

    Sauce Labs Inc.

    Biography

    Born and raised at the foot of the Alps just outside of Munich in Germany, Sebastian spent his youth listening to David Hasselhoff songs. He wore Lederhosen and eagerly anticipated the day he could legally drink his first stein of beer.

    When daddy put the first computer on his desk in the mid 90s, Sebastian quickly went on to figure out BASIC, Pascal and C/C++. Rainy afternoons were filled with building websites, countless iterations of Linux kernel makefile tweaks and compiler runs.

    Before joining Sauce, Sebastian finished a degree in Software Development (in Munich), he spent almost a decade building customer information systems making transit information more accessible for people living in large metropolitan areas worldwide. His job commitment and passions for technology eventually made him move to San Francisco in 2009.

    When Sebastian is not busy improving the Sauce experience he likes to take joyrides on his 1961 vespa. He’s a natural optimist in life and always sees the stein half full.

    Sessions

      • Title: Let The Internet Work For You
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Creating a successful Open Source project isn’t intuitive, or easy. Converting a brilliant idea into a working code base, then publishing it to Github (with significant adoption) is hard enough, nevermind building an ideal development and release workflow.

        Sometimes, getting your OSS code out to the community is the easy part — then the real work ensues. Juggling between the roles of; creator, maintainer and contributor while managing the interests of the group effort (IRC, mailing lists etc) and issue trackers can quickly scale from simple and exciting, to a time consuming full time job.

        I plan to take you on a ride, demonstrating how Open Source developers can leverage free service offerings (for open source) to make your life as a project maintainer easier and more rewarding; from development and QA automation through to continuous deployment.

      • Speakers: Sebastian Tiedtke
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    Kat Toomajian

    Dreamwidth Studios, LLC

    Biography

    Kat heads up the Dreamwidth Support team, and specializes in user/developer interaction. In her spare time, Kat enjoys recreating history with the Society for Creative Anachronism, being a total loss claims rep for an insurance company, napping, and playing “where did you stash mommy’s socks?” with her ferrets, Hermes and Isaac.

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    William Van Hevelingen

    Portland State Univ - Computer Action Team

    Biography

    William Van Hevelingen is the Unix Team Lead at the Computer Action Team
    (TheCAT) which provides IT for the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. William has 4 years of sysadmin experience and is currently pursuing his B.S in Computer Science. In his personal time he actively contributes to Ubuntu and Puppet.

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    James Vasile

    Open Tech Strategies / Open Internet Tools Project / Software Freedom Law Center

    Biography

    James Vasile directs the Open Internet Tools Project, which supports
    development of anti-censorship and anti-surveillance tools. He is a
    partner at Open Tech Strategies, which advises organizations and
    businesses as they navigate the open-source world. He is also a Senior
    Fellow at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he acts as a
    strategic advisor on a range of free software efforts.

    James has helped boot up a number of free software organizations,
    including the FreedomBox Foundation, Open Source Matters, and the
    Software Freedom Conservancy. His FreedomBox work has been recognized by
    an Innovation Award at Contact Summit 2011, as well as an Ashoka
    ChangeMaker’s award for Citizen’s Media.

    You can learn more about James at http://jamesvasile.com. He tweets
    as @jamesvasile and blogs at http://hackervisions.org.

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  • Jpv%20ignite

    Biography

    J-P Voilleque is a lawyer, but only just. He currently works as an application administrator for the United States District Court in Portland, Oregon. Previously at Open Source Bridge he facilitated a session on common legal issues facing open source developers.

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    Biography

    Heidi has spent years in the technical communications mines, digging meaning out of words and presenting the polished results to users. She firmly believes that less is more and that no one wants to read documentation, which makes her examine her career choices and avoid wordcount trackers. She has worked in industries such as email security, musical OCR, Medicare billing, and operating systems. No matter where she goes, she still ends up writing the release notes.

    Her passions include pseudonymity, the intersection of security and usability, and creating the perfect lemon pound cake. In the evenings she is writing a book on using Agile development methods in making and crafting contexts.

    Sessions

      • Title: Search-first writing for non-writers
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Search-first writing makes you think about the structure of your document and product as a series of topics, instead of a big book. The days of linear documentation are over, or at least numbered. Users are much more likely to come to documentation through searches.

        As an open source creator, you may not have a writer to help you out with this, so how can you maximize their return on your minimal investment?

      • Speakers: Heidi Waterhouse
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    Jeff Wishnie

    ThoughtWorks

    Biography

    I joined ThoughtWorks in the fall of 2009, as Director of Social Impact. I spent nearly 20 years as a silicon valley entrepreneur working in both large organizations and small—as engineer, user-interface designer, product designer, architect, and founder. In 2006, I became CTO of Inveneo, a non-profit focused on IT infrastructure in Africa, and turned my focus to the use of technology for social good.

    Away from my professional life I fly paragliders in international competitions as often as work allows. Can you spot the steep drop-off in competition results since I joined ThoughtWorks?

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  • Head

    Biography

    Darrick has been cranking out patches to the Linux kernel for the past twelve 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 kinds of storage, making versioning cheap, or teaching the computer how to automatically repair 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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