Speakers

Chris Aniszczyk

Chris Aniszczyk

Head of Open Source / Eclipse Foundation Board member

Chris Aniszczyk is a software architect by trade with a passion for software evangelism, open source and building communities. He sits on the Eclipse Foundation's Board of Directors representing the committer community.

Eli Collins

Eli Collins

Chief Technologist

Eli Collins is Cloudera's Chief Technologist. He spent the last four years leading the team responsible for Cloudera's Hadoop distribution (CDH), and is an Apache Hadoop committer and PMC member.

Prior to joining Cloudera, Eli worked on processor virtualization and Linux at VMware. Eli holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science from New York University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. You can find him on Twitter at @elicollins.

Ross Mason

Ross Mason

Founder & VP Product Strategy

Ross Mason founded MuleSoft in 2006 on the idea that connecting applications should be easy, building on the open source Mule project he created three years earlier. He is responsible for MuleSoft's product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment and direct engagement with customers. Prior to MuleSoft, Ross was Chief Executive Officer of SymphonySoft Limited, an EU-based company providing services and support for large-scale integration projects. Previously, Ross was Lead Architect for RaboBank and played a key role in developing one of the first large-scale ESB implementations in 2002. He has also worked with NatWest Bank, Credit Suisse and UBS. Ross holds a BS (Hons) in Computer Science from Bristol, UK.

Clay Johnson

Clay Johnson

Author / Co-Founder

Clay Johnson is best known as the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give - See more at: http://www.informationdiet.com/about#sthash.dzaHlXzW.dpuf

Ines Sombra

Ines Sombra

Core Team Member

Ines Sombra is the Lead Data Engineer at Engine Yard, where she spends her time thinking about the provisioning, configuration, and backups of data stores. Her current mission is to expand the Engine Yard database offerings and incorporate exciting NoSQL data stores. Being a true Argentinean, she also has a fondness for Steak and Fernet.

Hampton Catlin

Hampton Catlin

Creator / CTO

Hampton Catlin is the inventor of Sass, Haml,m.wikipedia.org, and Moovweb. He's also the founder of the libsass project and the author of "The Pragmatic Guide to Sass." Hampton is also the CTO of Moovweb, helping large companies build better interfaces.

Christopher Clark

Christopher Clark

Director of Information Technology

Christopher began as the sole “IT guy” at SparkFun Electronics when it was less than a tenth of its current size. He now manages a diversified staff of thirteen developers, administrators, and analysts. During the past several years his responsibilities have grown from initially improving SparkFun’s eCommerce presence to developing an internal ERP system, navigating legal and political pitfalls, and overseeing the rapid scaling of a growing business in all aspects of information technology.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Solutions Architect

After helping to put the dot in dot com by building and configuring enterprise class solutions with WorldCom as a Sun hardware and software engineer, Jason went on to AAAS (the publishers of the journal Science) to direct the technical needs of the education directorate. Jason has built or architected solutions from the enterprise class to the small business class and has found in Drupal a flexible, scalable, rapid development framework for targeting all levels of projects.

A long time beneficiary of the open source movement, Jason is an avid supporter of open source projects and believes strongly in giving back to the community that supported him. To that end, he has spoken at or organized a great many conferences and organized charity builds to educate and give back.

When not at his desk, Jason has many hobbies including juggling, European board games, electronics (Ask about the Drupal powered wine bot) and spending time with his beautiful wife and mischievous sons.

John Saddington

John Saddington

Educator / Hacker / Blogger

A serial entrepreneur, John is a graduate of Georgia Tech and has two Master degrees from Dallas Seminary. He’s been an engineer and executive in the Fortune 50 as well as leading his own bootstrapped and venture-funded startups. He currently is a Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at The Iron Yard, a technology accelerator, incubator, and code school. He also continues to work on his iOS app Pressgram and his OS X app, Desk PM.

Nathen Harvey

Nathen Harvey

Co-Host / Director of Community and #learnchef

Nathen Harvey is the Director of Community and #learnchef at Chef. Before joining Chef, Nathen spent a number of years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps. Working with and as a part of the Chef Community, Nathen has been spreading the word about DevOps for a number of years. In 2013, Nathen was awarded Engine Yard's DevOps Innovator award. He participates in many different meetup groups and organizes the DevOpsDC Meetup Group. When not working or discussing the latest ideas in IT Operations, Nathen enjoys going to concerts, drinking craft beer, and over sharing on sites like twitter, untappd, and foursquare.

Trek Glowacki

Trek Glowacki

Core Team Member / UI Engineer

I helped start @workantile and currently make mischief with @GrouponEng. @emberjs core team. @paul_irish once called me 'a hero'.

Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg

Chief Security Officer

Ryan is the Chief Security Officer at Sonatype. Before joining Sonatype, Ryan was a co-founder and chief scientist for Ounce Labs which was acquired by IBM in 2009. Ryan holds multiple patents and is a popular speaker, instructor and author, in the fields of security, risk management, and secure application development. Prior to Ounce Labs, Ryan co-founded Qiave Technologies, a pioneer in kernel-level security, which later sold to WatchGuard Technologies in 2000. In the late 1990's, Ryan also designed and developed the infrastructure for GTE Internetworking/Genuity's appliance-based managed security services.

Joel Esler

Joel Esler

Intelligence Lead / Open Source Manager

Joel Esler is the Open Source Manager and Intelligence Lead in the Vulnerability Research Team at Sourcefire (now part of Cisco). He is responsible for the Snort, ClamAV, Razorback, and Daemonlogger projects.

Steve Klabnik

Steve Klabnik

Developer / Author

Steve is a Developer and Philospoher in Residence at Balanced, as well as a prolific Open Source contributor. He's a Rails Core Committer and contributes heavily to Rust's documentation. When he's not reading Deleuze, he's writing and has "Designing with Hypermedia API's", "Rust for Rubyists", and "Rails 4 in Action" to his credit.

Lynn Root

Lynn Root

Engineer / Board Member

An insomniac software engineer for Spotify, founder of the San Francisco Chapter of PyLadies, board member of the Python Software Foundation, and member of the Django Software Foundation.

David Meyer

David Meyer

Chair | CTO and Chief Scientist

David Meyer is currently CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. He is currently the chair of the Technical Steering Committee of the OpenDaylight Project. He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF (www.ietf.org) and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG (www.nanog.org) program committee (and program committee chair from 2008-2011). He is also active in other standards organizations such as ETSI, ATIS, ANSI T1X1, the Open Networking Foundation, and the ITU-T.

Mr. Meyer is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews (see www.routeviews.org).

Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.

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Doug Maughan

Dr. Doug Maughan

Director of the Cyber Security Division DHS/S&T

Dr. Douglas Maughan is the Cyber Security Division Director in the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) within the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Dr. Maughan has been at DHS since October 2003 and is directing and managing the Cyber Security Research and Development activities and staff at DHS S&T. His research interests and related programs are in the areas of networking and information assurance.

Prior to his appointment at DHS, Dr. Maughan was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to his appointment at DARPA, Dr. Maughan worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) as a senior computer scientist and led several research teams performing network security research. Dr. Maughan received Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science and Applied Statistics from Utah State University, a Masters degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

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Leigh Heyman

Director of New Media Technologies

Leigh is Director of New Media Technologies at the White House, where he oversees the development and operations of WhiteHouse.gov, We The People, and all of the White House’s Drupal-based websites and applications. His team provides a secure, stable, and scalable technical infrastructure across the White House’s web, social media, and mobile platforms, supporting the President's communications objectives. Leigh's fifteen years of experience cover all aspects of system management of high-profile online engagement platforms in both the private and public sectors, including work for Blue State Digital and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Jordan McCullough

Jordan McCullough

Trainer

Jordan McCullough, a JavaScript and front-end developer by trade, has a passion for open source software and community-driven development. He enjoys applying his technical know-how and software development experience to crafting meaningful learning experiences with GitHub and Git Training.

Derek Norton

Derek Norton

Emmy Award Engineer

Derek is a Senior Sales Engineer at Revolution Analytics based in Atlanta, GA. Coming to Revolution Analytics was a dream come true for him: it has allowed him to help others learn about R on a scale not previously possible (and use SAS a lot less). Derek’s prior work experience also had a strong consulting focus, providing expertise in a variety of areas ranging from developing models for fraud prediction for Jewelry Television to developing a fully automated modeling system for IHG. The common thread throughout was bringing advanced analytics and machine learning models, for a variety of applications from marketing to credit scoring, to the client in easily understood and actionable terms. Derek also has a passion for the R language, and has presented at multiple international UseR conferences on topics such as automated modeling and building an R presence in a SAS environment. Derek has a BS and MS in Statistics focusing on Financial Econometrics and Data Mining, and a PhD in Statistics focused on Data Mining. He is also the founder and director of the Atlanta R Users Group. In his spare time, Derek enjoys gourmet cooking, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and spending time with his family

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Jonathan Leblanc

Emmy Award Winning Engineer

Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book "Programming Social Applications", and the head of Developer Evangelism (North America) at PayPal. Specializing in user identity concepts and data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.

Jim Jagielski

Jim Jagielski

President

Jim is a well known and acknowledged expert and visionary in Open Source, an accomplished coder, and frequent engaging presenter on all things Open, Web and Cloud related. As a developer, he's made substantial code contributions to just about every core technology behind the Internet and Web and in 2012 was awarded the O'Reilly Open Source Award. He is likely best known as one of the developers and co-founders of the Apache Software Foundation, where he has previously served as both Chairman and President and where he's been on the Board Of Directors since day one. He also is a director of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and serves as President of the Outercurve Foundation. He credits his wife Eileen in keeping him sane.

Jason Hibbets

Jason Hibbets

Director

Jason Hibbets is the Director in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is the lead administrator, content curator, and community manager for opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of, The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC. He has been applying open source principles in neighborhood organizations in Raleigh for several years, highlighting the importance of transparency, collaboration, and community building. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, gardening, watching football, participating in his local government, blogging for South West Raleigh, and training his Border Collies to be frisbee and agility dogs. He heads to the beaches of North Carolina during hurricane season to ride the waves.

Coraline Ehmke

Coraline Ehmke

Principal Developer

Coraline Ehmke is a speaker, author, teacher, open source advocate and technologist with 20 years of experience developing apps for the web. Her current interests include services and APIs, business intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics. She's currently helping Apartments.com transition their culture and technology stack from .NET to Ruby and Rails. As a co-founder of LGBTech.org, she works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in the tech industry

Charlie Greenbacker

Charlie Greenbacker

Director of Data Science

Charlie Greenbacker is Director of Data Science at Altamira Technologies Corporation, a top open source technology company in the national security space. He specializes in natural language processing (NLP) and advanced analytics on unstructured text, and is also the founder and organizer of the DC NLP meetup group. Charlie has an MS in Computer Science from the University of Delaware, nearly finished a PhD (ABD), and received a Blackfriars Fellowship to attend the University of Oxford as an undergraduate. He has co-authored over a dozen academic publications in peer-reviewed journals and research conference proceedings. Prior to joining Altamira, he worked at Berico Technologies (where he created the open source geoparser CLAVIN), Raytheon BBN Technologies, and the United States Air Force.

Mark Hinkle

Mark Hinkle

Senior Director, Open Source Business Office

Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Source Solutions, at Citrix. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com, where he was their Vice President of Community. He is currently responsible for Citrix Open Source Business Office and the Citrix efforts around Apache CloudStack, Open Daylight, Xen Project and XenServer. Previously, he was the VP of Community at Zenoss Inc., a producer of the open source application, server, and network management software, where he grew the Zenoss Core project to over 100,000 users and 20,000 organizations on all seven continents. He also is a longtime open source expert and author, having served as Editor-in-Chief for both “LinuxWorld Magazine” and “Enterprise Open Source Magazine”. Mr. Hinkle is also the author of the book, “Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration” (Thomson, 2006). He is a contributor to NetworkWorld’s Open Source Subnet, and his personal blog on open source, technology, and new media can be found at www.socializedsoftware.com. He is a committer on the Apache CloudStack project and member of both the Gluster and Linux Foundation’s Xen Project Advisory Board. You can follow him on Twitter @mrhinkle.

Andrew Oliver

Andrew Oliver

President

Andrew C. Oliver is the president of Open Software Integrators, a US firm specializing in NoSQL/Big Data development with offices in Chicago, IL and Durham, NC. Oliver is the “Strategic Developer” columnist for Infoworld which focuses primarily on application development, largely using Cloud and NoSQL technologies. He is also a well known open source advocate having served on the board of the Open Source Initiative, was the founder of the POI project and worked for the successful startup, JBoss, before it was acquired by Red Hat.

Max Mether

Max Mether

Co-founder

Max Mether, a native of Finland received his M.Sc (Eng) in Physics and Maths from Helsinki University of Technology. Max joined MySQL AB in 2001 starting as a Consultant and an Instructor and ended up creating the MySQL training program and managing the curriculum under MySQL AB and later at Sun. As a co-founder Max now manages the field services and training departments at SkySQL and helps advance the MySQL eco-system around the world. Max is a frequent speaker at LinuxFests and MySQL conferences around the globe.

Tasha Drew

Tasha Drew

Product Manager

Tasha Drew is a product manager for Engine Yard, where professional endeavors have included founding the customer success team, providing account management for the top 100 accounts, handling all emergency/outage customer communication, working with the engineering team to bring riak to the cloud as a part of the next generation of the PaaS offering, and attempting to explain to a frazzled federal agent exactly what the cloud is. She is often accompanied on her travels by a tiny but opinionated Engine Yard panda.

Dave Stokes

Dave Stokes

MySQL Community Manager

Dave Stokes has been using MySQL for over 15 years and has a wide background with Open Source software. He started his computer career as a second shift operator on a DEC 2020. He has worked for companies alphabetically ranging from the American Heart Association to Xerox and was made the Oracle’s MySQL Community Manager in 2010.

Mark Atwood

Mark Atwood

Director of Open Source

Mark Atwood is a regular speaker at technical conferences, and has been a long-time contributor to open source. He describes his job as "learning amazing stuff and meeting amazing people, and then introducing them all to each other". His technology interests include Open Source Development Methodology, Cloud Computing, and Open Source Databases. He is currently the Director of Open Source for HP Cloud Services. He has been the Open Source Advocate for Red Hat OpenShift, the Community Manager for Eucalyptus Systems, the Director of Community Development for Gear6 Memcached, and a Senior Technology Advisor for Network.com at Sun Microsystems. He is a coauthor of the OAuth Core specification. He makes his home in Seattle USA, with an annual trip to his other home in Black Rock City.

John Paul

John Paul

Lead Technical Architect

John K. Paul is the lead technical architect of Conde Nast's platform engineering team and former lead front end software engineer at TheLadders.com. He is a contributor to numerous open source projects including learn.jquery.com. He has spoken to various startups around NYC about front end development, and scalable engineering practices, in particular, unit testing javascript. Additionally, he has taught Javascript and jQuery fundamentals to teams throughout the NYC area.

Burr Sutter

Burr Sutter

Product Mgmt Director, Developer Tools

Burr Sutter is responsible for the middleware developer’s experience, covering tools and frameworks at Red Hat. Burr is currently an Oracle Java Champion, and was previously president of the Atlanta Java Users Group, founder of the DevNexus conference, and founder of the Atlanta chapter of the IASA.

Craig Kerstiens

Craig Kerstiens

Postgres Team/Curator

At Heroku I’ve worn a variety of hats from launching the initial support for Python, to now running product for the Heroku Postgres team. Previously I’ve worked everywhere from fortune 100 companies to small startups extending Postgres to turn it into a streaming database essentially provide real time map reduce as data came in. I curate Postgres weekly, Postgresguide.com, and blog heavily around Postgres among other parts of tech on my personal blog.

Greg DeKoenigsberg

Greg DeKoenigsberg

VP Community

Greg DeKoenigsberg is the Vice President of Community for Eucalyptus Systems, Inc., where he is responsible for leading the company's relationship with the broader open source community. Greg brings to Eucalyptus over a decade of open source advocacy and community leadership, with the majority of this time spent building and leading communities for open source leader Red Hat. While at Red Hat, Greg served in various community leadership roles, including senior community architect, leader of the Fedora project, chair of the first Fedora Project Board, and Red Hat community liaison with the One Laptop Per Child project.

Doug Burks

Doug Burks

Corporate Incident Handler / SANS Community Instructor

Doug Burks has over 10 years experience in Information Security. He has worked in many organizations over the years, including government facilities, chemical plants, and the media industry. Doug is currently the Corporate Incident Handler for Mandiant and a SANS Community Instructor. He is one of the few people in the world to have passed the SANS GSE exam and also holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and the GCFA, GPEN, GCIA Gold, GCIH, GSEC, and CISSP certifications. Doug created and is the lead developer of Security Onion, a free Linux distribution for Intrusion Detection, Network Security Monitoring, and more. You can read more about Doug by visiting his site at http://securityonion.net.

Jason Weathersby

Jason Weathersby

Technical Evangelist: Firefox OS

Jason Weathersby is a Technical Evangelist for Mozilla, evangelizing Firefox OS. He is also a committer on the BIRT project at the Eclipse Foundation, and has co-authored several books and written many articles on BIRT integration. He is a proponent of HTML5, the Open Web and Open Source and is a regular contributor to the Mozilla Hacks blog. Jason has over 20 years experience in the software development field, ranging from real time process control to business intelligence software.

Shawn Briscoe

Shawn Briscoe

Director of Strategic Services

Shawn Briscoe has over a decade of experience in enterprise use and adoption of open source software, open source ecosystems, and strategies for monetizing open source technology. Shawn helps clients use open source technologies and methods to achieve their business and technology goals.

Jim Salter

Jim Salter

System Administrator / Author

A voracious open source advocate, technologist and author (most recently wrote a featured article for Ars Technica). Jim first chose open source in 1999 when he ran Apache on FreeBSD, set up his first FreeBSD server from scratch in 2001 and first installed an open source product professionally, FreeBSD 4.5 and Samba over an old Windows NT 3.5 Server, in 2002. In 2004 he founded FreeBSDwiki.net, subtitled “FreeBSD For The Impatient”, as an open documentation project available to the public. It now has over 500 articles, over 30,000 edits, and 10,000+ unique visitors per month with 65% of content being self-authored. For many years it was one of the top 1,000 top/busiest wikis on the planet as measured by number of edits. Since 2003 he has operated his own system administration and application development company implementing hundreds of open source solutions for a wide variety of clients.

Chris Hinkley

Chris Hinkley

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, Chris Hinkley utilizes nearly a decade of security expertise to design, test and implement next generation security processes and techniques for the cloud. His work at FireHost was instrumental in FireHost being one of the first cloud companies globally to achieve PCI-DSS 3.0 compliance. Prior to FireHost, Hinkley, worked as a Web developer for TargetScope, an interactive marketing and Web development company. In that role he created everything from website animations to complex and dynamic product configurations using the latest technology and development frameworks. With FireHost, Hinkley has held a number of security and technology-related roles, including security engineer, lead engineer and support manager. In those roles he has serviced thousands of FireHost customer servers, including Windows and Linux, and oversaw the security of all hosting environments to meet PCI, HIPAA and other compliance guidelines. Hinkley is a sought after speaker and author on cloud, security and open source topics, publishing regular columns in SecurityWeek and other industry magazines. Hinkley is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Nik Molnar

Nik Molnar

Co-founder

Nik Molnar is a New Yorker, Microsoft MVP and co-founder of Glimpse, an open source diagnostics and debugging tool. Originally from Homestead Florida, Nik specializes in web development, web API's and community management. In his spare time, Nik can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, hanging with his wife, speaking at conferences, and working on other open source projects.

J Cornelius

J Cornelius

President

J has been making websites and software for the web since 1998, and has been credited with creating several software features web designers and developers take for granted today. He's passionate about efficient, usable, aesthetically pleasing design. He is the President of Nine Labs, an experience and strategy consultancy where he works with companies far and wide to improve their products and services. He's also the President of the Atlanta Web Design Group, and founder of the Web Afternoon conference series.

Deb Nicholson

Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Outreach

Deborah Nicholson works at the intersection of technology and social justice. She has been a free speech advocate, economic justice organizer, and civil liberties defender. After working in Massachusetts politics for fifteen years, she became involved in the free software movement. She is the Community Outreach Director at Open Invention Network and the Community Manager at Media Goblin. She also serves on the board at Open Hatch, a non-profit dedicated to providing tools and education for potential new free software contributors. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she is slowly pursuing a graduate degree in Information Technology.

Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall

Director of Strategic Services

Andrew Hall is an attorney in Fenwick & West's Silicon Valley office with a practice that focuses on free and open-source software counseling as well as IP, licensing, technical transactions.

Mr. Hall has unique expertise and experience advising technology clients on FOSS auditing, use, management, compliance, and governance. He regularly guides clients on implementation of effective FOSS business models and the contribution of client assets to the FOSS community..

Tony Ucedavelez

Tony Ucedavelez

CEO / President

Tony is the Chapter President of OWASP Atlanta (Open Source Web Application Security Project) and CEO of VerSprite, an Atlanta based security consulting firm. Nearly 20 years of security experience, Tony has worked across 6 different industry segments and across dozens of Fortune 50 organizations in the areas of secure software development, security testing, security hardening, and application threat modeling. He has developed the PASTA (Process for Attack Simulation and Threat Analysis) threat modeling methodology and is a globe trotting speaker and security evangelist across multiple professional security groups (ISSA, OWASP, ISACA, BSides, ISC2).

Robert Stam

Robert Stam

Developer

Robert is an organizer of the MongoDB User Group in Atlanta, Georgia. At 10gen he's the developer of the C# driver for MongoDB. Robert has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard College and a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Robert lives in Atlanta, Georgia

David Hurley

David Hurley

Community Manager

David is committed to open source development and serves as both the Community Manager for Joomla as well as a member of the Production Leadership Team. He is one of the CMS maintainers and also one of the framework maintainers. He is always looking for other ways to help developers and end users. In his free time David writes for the Joomla Community Magazine, is a part of the bug squad, and the security strike team.

David is co-founder of WebSpark, a web-application development firm located in North Carolina. They have created a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system built specifically for Joomla. They have also created project management (JForce) and live group chat (Banter) solutions. In addition to creating Joomla based components. WebSpark has also continued to innovate and create both cutting edge components as well as unique standalone web-based applications built on the Joomla Framework and other frameworks.

Russell Fair

Russell Fair

Lead Developer

I am a professional web developer with a passion for open source. I began developing websites in the late 90’s, beginning my career as a developer after attending Webster University in St. Louis. My experience includes creating hundreds of websites and applications for political and community organizations as well as businesses from enterprise to startups. I have presented at numerous industry events and help organize WordCamp Atlanta, an annual conference dedicated to WordPress.

When not writing code, I enjoy spending time with my wife Julie and my two boys ages 8 and 6. I especially like outdoor sports and activities including soccer, hiking, camping, disc golf and boating. I'm also a huge geek for tinkering with electronics, woodworking projects and attending theatrical productions. As an Atlanta native I enjoy participating in events and activities throughout metro Atlanta area and the Southeast.

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

President

Tom Wilson started hacking on computers at the early age of 9, has worked as a software developer since the early 90′s, and has been building large scale and complex healthcare web applications for over a decade. Tom loves to teach as much as he loves to learn. Everywhere he has worked, he has always focused on improving the developer’s skills as much as delivering quality software. Tom has given many talks and workshops, and is an active member in the Charleston Software Development Community. He leads the Charleston Uber Users Group and Charleston CoderDojo, and is the Lead Instructor at Charleston CodeCamp -http://chscodecamp.com.

Isaac Christoffersen

Isaac Christoffersen

Architect

Isaac Christoffersen has more than 15 years of experience in system integration and software solutions development for non-profit, commercial, and government clients. He is a technology innovator and community leader with a unique blend of business acumen and technology skills. Isaac has a proven track record of implementing innovative, pragmatic technology solutions to address real world challenges.

As the lead platform engineer for an innovative, award-winning Platform-as-a-Service solution for a commercial Internet service provider, Mr. Christoffersen was responsible for the implementation of the automated configuration management and application monitoring sub-systems. He also was also the lead services architect for an industry recognized, award-winning Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution that supports the Federal Government.

Pratik Patel

Pratik Patel

CTO

Pratik Patel is the CTO of Atlanta based TripLingo (http://www.triplingo.com/). He wrote the first book on 'enterprise Java' in 1996, "Java Database Programming with JDBC." He has also spoken at various conferences and participates in several local tech groups and startup groups. He's in the startup world now and hacks iOS, Android, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Rails, and ..... well everything except Perl. Pratik's specialty is in large-scale applications for mission-critical and mobile applications use. He has designed and built applications in the retail, health care, financial services, and telecoms sectors. Pratik holds a master's in Biomedical Engineering from UNC, has worked in places such as New York, London, and Hong Kong, and currently lives in Atlanta, GA

Nick Chase

Nick Chase

Developer/Author

With 20+ years of experience as a developer and author, Nick has written several books and hundreds of articles as an IBM developerworks Certified Master Author. He also founded NoTooMi.com and has done web application development for companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Matt Dugan

Matt Dugan

Middle Solutions Architect

Matt Dugan is a Shadow-Soft Middleware Solutions Architect who supports both the commercial and government sector. He began his career as an Engineer with BellSouth Telecommunications working in the electrical engineering and circuit planning centers spanning North Florida, Southern and Middle Georgia. Dugan has more than a decade of experience in application development, Java based middleware (JBoss, Weblogic and Websphere), PaaS, Linux systems and full-stack web architecture. He is an avid technologist with a deep understanding of the design, development, deployment, and support of enterprise Java applications. With a solid understanding of J2EE/Java EE and supporting technologies, Dugan’s experiences allow him to apply those technologies to solve real-world problems for Shadow-Soft customers.

Italo Vignol

Italo Vignol

Director

Italo Vignoli is one of the founders and a member of the Board of Directors of The Document Foundation, with responsibility for marketing and communications. He is also an international spokesman for the project. From September 2004 to the end of 2010 he was a member of the OpenOffice.org marketing project. He is also a member of Assoli, the Italian association of Free Software advocates.

Erik Webb

Erik Webb

Technical Team Lead

Erik Webb is a Technical Team Lead in Acquia's Professional Services organization, where he has worked since early 2010. First introduced to and developing in Drupal in 2007, Erik continues to leverage his extensive experience with Drupal, enterprise PHP application development, and Red Hat systems engineering, by working with many of the largest Drupal users in the world. Since joining Acquia, Erik has advised well over 100 clients, including large Public Sector clients in state and national government and many Fortune 500 companies, in the design of their architecture and in improving their critically important performance and scalability.

Todd Fritz

Todd Fritz

Software Architect

Todd is an enterprise software architect with Atlanta based inBloom Inc., A nonprofit technology company that builds disruptive software for K-12.

Todd has 18 years of technology experience. He provides technical leadership for software development teams to both design and implement innovative, enterprise-class, high volume applications (SaaS/PaaS); which begins by understanding a customer’s business and organizational objectives.

Todd is a rigorous problem solver with a diverse skill set that spans from backend systems to client-side technologies, with special emphasis on middleware solutions. For the past several years he has worked exclusively with agile methodologies and tools (Scrum, Atlassian/Jira; and prior to that RUP and other iterative development models) and focused on solutions design for business critical, distributed, highly concurrent, high volume messaging platforms, which utilize technologies such as: EDA, CEP, SOA, EIP, EAI, distributed caching and Big Data. Such versatility and experience enables him to perform and understand many different job functions, while contributing to future state vision, technology, architecture, development plans and team management.

Boyd Wilson

Boyd Wilson

Executive Director

Boyd is an executive at Omnibond Systems, LLC. In addition to his other responsibilities, he leads software development and architecture of various projects that include OrangeFS, Identity Management and Library Content Management and some future projects in the hopper. He holds a Computer Science degree with an Education Concentration from Miami University.

Steve Burge

Steve Burge

CEO

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the U.K., he now lives in Atlanta in the U.S.A.. He was a teacher for many years before starting Alledia.com, a web development firm. After several years of full-time web work, he found the desire to teach coming back again and started OSTraining.

He now travels widely teaching people how to use Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. He has been heavily involved in various Open Source projects, writing books, starting user groups and serving as a board member.

Matthew Conley

Matthew Conley

Sr. Linux Systems Analyst

Matthew Conley is from Springville, IN. He primary focus area is Linux defensive security for the USMC, which includes writing STIG patches for various Red Hat machines. He has been using Linux since 1998. He's also a local volunteer fire fighter.

Steven Grandchamp

Steven Grandchamp

VP of North America

Steven Grandchamp is the North American VP of Sales. He is the former CEO of OpenLogic, a company providing training and support for enterprises on a range of open source software. At OpenLogic, Grandchamp drove aggressive growth of the business to an ultimate successful exit. Steven has earlier business and technical experience from a number of other software companies.

Joshua Solomin

Joshua Solomin

Director of Product Strategy

Joshua Solomin is the Director of Product Marketing & Strategy at Zend Technologies. He has twelve years of experience in enterprise software development, product management, and product marketing; prior to his work evangelizing Continuous Delivery processes for Zend, he spent five years managing configuration management products for Oracle. He is experienced in PHP and Java (as well as many other technologies), and has presented at a variety of industry conferences including Oracle OpenWorld, SugarCRM's SugarCon, and assorted user group meetings.

Andrew Gardner

Andrew Gardner

Founder and President

Andrew is a machine learning researcher and data science consultant. In 2007 he founded Momentics Inc. to provide consulting and training for enterprise, academic, clinical and startup clients. Andrew has more than 20 years of experience solving technology and data challenges. Past roles include: developer, architect, instructor and researcher. Clients & employers include: Procter & Gamble, BellSouth, Mayo Clinic, University of Pennsylvania, NeuroVista, i1 Biometrics, Easy Solutions and Turner Broadcasting. He’s a co-organizer of Data Science ATL, and founding member of HackForCF and Data Science for Social Good (Atlanta). Andrew received his PhD from Georgia Tech in 2004.

Sergey A. Razin

Sergey A. Razin

Chief Technical Officer

A native of Moscow, Sergey currently serves as the CTO for SIOS Technology Corporation. Sergey is an active contributor to a number of open source initiatives in spaces of speech recognition, telephony, and C++ libraries. Throughout his academic and professional career Sergey served roles of Principal Investigator (PI), leader in research, development as well as architecture in areas of big data analytics, speech recognition, telephony, and networking.

Alfredo Deza

Alfredo Deza

Software Engineer

As a former Olympic athlete and first-ever World Junior champion in Track&Field for Peru, Alfredo has learned to tackle the biggest challenges and get the insurmountable to be achieved.

He has given several lectures in Peru and the United States about software, personal development, and professional sports.

With a passion about his crafts, he continues to improve his skills by an insatiable need for learning, sharing and teaching.

Milind Bhandarkar

Milind Bhandarkar

Chief Scientist

Milind Bhandarkar was the founding member of the team at Yahoo! that took Apache Hadoop from 20-node prototype to datacenter-scale production system, and has been contributing and working with Hadoop since version 0.1.0. He started the Yahoo! Grid solutions team focused on training, consulting, and supporting hundreds of new migrants to Hadoop. Parallel programming languages and paradigms has been his area of focus for over 20 years, and his area of specialization for PhD (Computer Science) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked at the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets, Siebel Systems, Pathscale Inc. (acquired by QLogic), Yahoo! and Linkedin. Currently, he is the Chief Scientist at Pivotal (formerly, Greenplum, a division of EMC).

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