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Massimo Banzi

Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project and has worked for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas.

He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like: Architectural Association - London, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, FH Potsdam, Domus Academy, Medialab Madrid, Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona, ARS Electronica Linz, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Doors of Perception Amsterdam.

Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and
London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.










Joanne Bick

Joanne Bick is a Certified Technical Specialist at the IBM Innovation Center in Chicago. She enables business partners with IBM technologies. Her professional experience includes application architectural design, development, and deployment of solutions for insurance, financial, and pharmaceutical industries. Joanne has published a Redbook and has been a speaker at IBM IMPACT and WebSphere Services Technical conferences. Her areas of expertise include IBM Community Tools based on open standards and open source, SOA foundation products, WebSphere sMash, DB2, WebSphere Portal, and Lotus Connections. Joanne enjoys to working with professors and students to drive open standards with IBM technologies. She holds masters degrees in Computer Science from the University of Missouri and Statistics from the University of Toledo.










Andrew Dougherty


Andrew Dougherty is an autodidact mathematician and computer scientist specializing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Algorithmic Information Theory (AIT) . He is the founder of the FRDCSA project, a practical attempt at weak AI aimed primarily at collecting and interrelating existing software with theoretical motivation from AIT. He has made over 90 open source applications, 400 (unofficial) Debian GNU/Linux packages and 800 Perl5 modules.









Clif Flynt


Clif Flynt has been a computer programmer for over 30 years. He is the author of the book "Tcl/Tk: A Developer's Guide" and a series of articles: "The Tclsh Spot". His company develops custom Tcl/Tk software and provides Tcl/Tk and Linux training.









Ben Fry


Ben Fry is director of Seed Visualization and its Phyllotaxis Lab, a design studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts focused on understanding complex data. With Casey Reas of UCLA, he currently develops Processing, an open source programming environment used by tens of thousands of students, artists, engineers, and scientists every week. Fry received his doctorate degree from the Aesthetics + Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, where his research focused on combining fields such as computer science, statistics, graphic design, and data visualization as a means for understanding information. At the end of 2007, he published "Visualizing Data" with O'Reilly. Fry's personal work has shown at the Whitney Biennial, the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His information graphics have also illustrated articles for the journal Nature, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Seed, and Communications of the ACM.









Matt Hall


Matt Hall is a partner at Larva Labs (http://larvalabs.com), makers of mobile software for Sidekick, Android and iPhone. They have over 35 apps currently for sale around the world and have some of the most popular apps and games on both Sidekick and Android. Their recent Android game Retro Defense was the number one paid game on Android for almost a month and is currently at number 2. They are no where near the top on iPhone, ask him about it, he'll tell you.

Perviously he has written gene expression analysis software, real estate websites and several open source projects including a generic port of Apache Collections (http://larvalabs.com/collections/) and an early web based music jukebox called Streamsicle (http://larvalabs.com/streamsicle/).









David Heinemeier Hansson

David is a partner in 37signals. The company behind Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Writeboard, and Ta-da List. They also run a popular weblog at Signal vs Noise.

He is also the creator of the web-application framework Ruby on Rails, which he's been working on since 2003. It's the infrastructure software that is used to build all the applications at 37signals.

He's the co-author of Getting Real (over 40,000 copies sold) and Agile Web Development with Rails (over 100,000 copies sold).










Rich Johnson

Rich Johnson is a long time member, contributor, and developer for the Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu projects from Chicago, Illinois. He was introduced to Linux while serving in the United States Navy while having problems with his PC in 1994. Since then Rich has assisted in the development of other free software projects such as the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, the award winning K Desktop Environment (KDE), The Linux Documentation Project, and more. He is also one of the co-authors of the Official Ubuntu Book. Rich enjoys spending a vast majority of his free time hacking on, and spreading, freedom.










Christoph Lameter

Dr. Christoph Lameter specializes in operating system development and has contributed to a number of subsystems in the Linux Kernel. The focus of his work at Silicon Graphics has been on the task of scaling the Linux Kernel to high processor counts. Christoph has contributed much of the NUMA functionality in the Linux Kernel. Recent activities are on low latency messaging as needed for applications in the financial industry.

Christoph has been involved with system software development for about three decades. After having worked with a variety of Unix systems and the development of a distributed set of applications based on the LAN technology of the 1980s, he got involved with the Linux Operating System in 1993. He pioneered the use of Linux for large distributed enterprise solutions and was responsible for developing networked applications as a software architect for various startups during the dot com boom.

Christoph has been teaching Information Technology and Philosophy in San Jose from 1999 to 2004 and holds a cross disciplinary Ph.D. on quantum theory and philosophy. He is currently serving as the ViceChair of the Technical Advisory Board of the Linux Foundation.









Brian Leonard

Brian Leonard is a Technology Evangelist for Sun Microsystems. Brian has over 18 years of software development experience evolving from the terminal, to the desktop, to the web (and back to the desktop).

In his current role, Brian works to create and foster the community around OpenSolaris, the open source distribution of Solaris from Sun Microsystems. Brian has spent the majority of his career working as a Java application developer and deployer, and he now gets to showcase why features like ZFS and DTrace make OpenSolaris the ideal operating system for these roles. You can follow Brian's exploits with OpenSolaris on his blog The Observatory.










Martin Logan

Martin Logan has been heavily involved with the Erlang community since 1999. Since that time he has had the privilege to work on Erlang full time for over 5 years. Martin's great interest in distributed systems and service based design has led him to spend much of his career to studying and solving problems in that space. Wherever possible he tries to implement his solutions with Erlang. Currently Martin brings his expertise to Orbitz Worldwide, one of the largest online travel companies in the world. There he leads the technical travel business services group developing solutions for their large scale distributed service based infrastructure. Most recently Martin has taken a leadership role with Erlware where he is a core developer and the primary developer of the Faxien package management system.










Mark Meeker

Mark Meeker is currently a Technology Director at Critical Mass. He strongly believes in building innovative interfaces which are standards-based and accessible. He is a frequent speaker on various topics related to front-end engineering. Previous to Critical Mass, Mark was Architect for the UI Engineering team at Orbitz. As a member of the online group at Encyclopaedia Britannica he helped develop Britannica.com. He has an undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College and earned a masters in software engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.










Cindy O'Brien

Cindy O'Brien has been with IBM since 1997 in a number of positions and works with IBM Business Partners, Independent Software Vendors and Global System Integrators assisting them with the various types of support. This includes software installation and configuration, integration of third-party software into the WebSphere Software Platform and configuration of test environments. She is a certified IT specialist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Northeastern Illinois University as well as certificates from the Institute for Professional Development at DePaul University. She has been a speaker at IMPACT and the WebSphere Services Technical Conference. Other interests include the University Ambassador for IBM’s Academic Initiative, volunteer for IBM MentorPlace Program, a program that encourages middle school children to pursue reading activities via e-mail. She is also a volunteer for IBM Engineers Week (EWeek), a program that promotes math, science, and technology among K-12 students.










Daliah Saper, Saper Law Offices, LLC

Daliah Saper is the principal attorney at Saper Law and has served as counsel to many technology and media companies. She is a member of the Illinois Bar and both the General Bar and Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. As a litigator she handles cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, online defamation, and commercial disputes. As a transactional lawyer she helps clients choose the right business entity, drafts bylaws and operating agreements, negotiates contracts and licenses, and provides comprehensive trademark and copyright counseling. Daliah has been profiled in several publications including: National Jurist Magazine, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, and the Chicago Reader. Most recently, she was named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine. She received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was a staff member on the Journal of Law Technology and Policy and served as President of the Intellectual Property Law Society. She has extensive overseas experience, having studied at Fudan University in Shanghai and the City University School of Business in London. She speaks Hebrew and Farsi. Her firm recently organized the Saper Law Open Source Symposium: www.saperlaw.com/oss. Her complete bio can be found at www.saperlaw.com










Jeff Sheltren

Jeff Sheltren is the Operations Manager of the Oregon State University Open Source Lab. Jeff comes to the Lab from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a Senior Systems Administrator and Programmer for the Computer Science department. Jeff was elected to serve as a member of Fedora's Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) Steering Committee in 2007. He currently maintains a number of packages for the Fedora Project and EPEL, and is a member of the QA team for CentOS.

When he's not working with Open Source communities, you can usually find Jeff on his road bike. In July of 2009 he will attempt to complete the Death Ride.










John Watkinson

John Watkinson is a partner at Larva Labs (http://larvalabs.com), makers of mobile software for Sidekick, Android and iPhone. They have over 35 apps currently for sale around the world and have some of the most popular apps and games on both Sidekick and Android.

John has a Masters degree in computer science and continues an active research interest in algorithms, statistics and systems biology. He is an author or co-author of several open source projects, including SwarmCache a distributed cache control mechanism (http://swarmcache.sourceforge.net) and Streamsicle, a web-based music jukebox (http://larvalabs.com/streamsicle).