Speaker Biographies

Ross Boucher is a co-founder at 280 North, creators of 280 Slides, 280 Atlas, and the Cappuccino web framework. He's an experienced iPhone developer, and the creator of iReddit, which hit the top 100 paid apps chart on iTunes. Before 280 North, Ross worked at Apple and graduated with a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Brian Cameron is on the board of directors of the GNOME Foundation and has worked for Oracle/Sun Microsystems on the GNOME Desktop for the past 9 years. Brian is the co-mainter of GDM and is the technical lead for Desktop Multimedia at Oracle.

Massimo Di Pierro is Associate Professor and Director of the MS in Computational Finance at DePaul University in Chicago. He has taught Object Oriented Programming, Foundations of Computer Science, Analysis and Design of Algorithms, Information Assurance, Secure Electronic Commerce, Network Programming, Parallel Algorithms, Scientific Computing, Monte Carlo Simulations and Web Frameworks. He has a Ph.D. in High Energy Physics from the University of Southampton in UK. He is the project leader for web2py.

Robby Findler is currently teaching at the Northwestern University and is also a member of PLT and, as such, responsible for the creation and maintenance of DrScheme. In addition to DrScheme, Findler has contributed numerous components to PLT Scheme and supervises its Web-based software library, called PLaneT. Findler is also a leading team member of the TeachScheme! project.

Presentation Materials: Slides (pdf)

Dennis Gilmore: Born and raised in Australia, Dennis Gilmore now resides in the U.S., and is currently a Release Engineer at Red Hat for spacewalk. He has previously worked for One Laptop Per Child(OLPC) as a build and release engineer. He used to be on the EPEL steering committee and the Fedora Board, and is currently a member of the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee(FESCo) and Fedora InfraStructure.

Randi Harper is a member of the FreeBSD project and an ex-systems administrator from Sunnyvale, CA. After 10 years of pager duty at IronPort/Cisco, Yahoo!, and other tech companies, she quit her job to work on something she thought would be less stressful: FreeBSD's sysinstall. She has since then started consulting while working on plans for a FreeBSD support company. She has been a guest on FLOSS Weekly, spoken about automating FreeBSD installations at BSDCan, and can usually be found working at the FreeBSD booth at various open source conferences.

Carl Karsten is a python developer from Chicago,IL. He is an active member of chipy. Also, he has administered recordings at confrences at PyCon and will be giving a workshop on recording.

Rob Landley started programming at age 12. He's spoken at Ottawa Linux Symposium, wrote the kernel's initramfs documentation, co-founded Penguicon, maintained BusyBox and set up open source license enforcement for it through the SFLC, wrote three years of weekly investment columns for the Motley Fool, and once threw a bowl of liquid nitrogen into a swimming pool which has since been viewed over 3 million times on youtube. He currently maintains the Firmware Linux embedded build system, which cross compiles so you don't have to.

Presentation Materials: Presentation (pdf) & Outline (tar.gz)

Uki Dominque Lucas, principal at Revere Group, is an Internet software entrepreneur and technology evangelist with a over a decade of experience in Agile management and development of start-up companies. Uki has been a proud mentor to scores of very successful programmers while always staying hands-on on the forefront of cutting edge technology.

Uki is a leader with Chicago's Android development community (Android is the fastest growing segment of smart phone market with over 50 different phones to choose from being scheduled for 2010). Uki D. Lucas is closely working with both Google Corporation and Motorola Mobile Devices / Android development (MotoDev) to organize conferences, events and workshops for over 500 participating Chicago developers. Uki is an Android developer himself and has been speaking and teaching on topics related to Google technology, Android platform and Social Media on numerous occasions.

Ryan Schultz is the co-founder of Studio Wikitecture, coined by Job Brouchoud out of their application of an open-source paradigm to the design and production of both real and virtual architecture and urban planning. Studio Wikitecture is a group that has integrated Web 2.0 and the currently emerging 3-dimensional web, for designing and building more efficiently. He has received both ‘Founder’s Award’ and 3rd Place for the Open Architecture Network’ Challenge -- a competition to design a tele-medicine facility in Western Nepal for his work on this project.

Presentation Materials: Slides (ppt)

Bart Trojanowski is an embedded Linux consultant and driver developer from Ottawa, Canada. Bart has been hacking on big- and small-embedded devices running Linux for over a decade.

While working, or just hacking, Bart has always depended on source code management (SCM) software to keep his source safe. He's tried countless such tools and settled on Git, and today he wouldn't think of using anything else.

Presentation Materials: Git Tutorial (pdf) & Workshop Files (tar.gz)

Dave Vondle is an Interaction Designer at IDEO Chicago. At IDEO he has been designing and facilitating the development of interactive devices and experiences. With a background in Electrical Engineering, he has been working with the open source community to make prototyping interactive systems rapid, accessible, and easier to fit into the design process. Dave helped start the blog labs.ideo.com as a way to open up some of the work that is happening inside IDEO.

Ken Wasetis is the founder of Contextual Corporation, which consults on intelligent Content Management System (CMS) strategies and software solutions, helping clients leverage in particular, the Plone open source CMS tool. For over 15 years, Ken has consulted Divine interVentures and Leapnet (now part of Razorfish) in Chicago during the dot-com boom. In 2001, Ken worked for a midsized CMS & Portals consultancy, evaluating and implementing both proprietary and open source CMS tools for fortune 500 companies. Out of this Ken not only became an advocate for open source projects and communities, but more importantly, Contextual was born. As his involvement with Plone includes his longstanding membership and numerous presentations at Plone symposia, Ken will therefore provide us a tour of its features, as well as some add-on modules that make it do even more.