Keynote Suggestions 2013

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Suggestions for 2013

Put your keynote suggestions in here. They should include both Name, Link and Description. See Keynote_Speakers_2012 for reference. Alphabetical order is suggested.

VOTING IS NOW OPEN! Please use the discussion page to place you votes!

Mel Chua ♀

Mallory Chua (most widely known by her gender-neutral nickname "Mel") worked on the One Laptop Per Child project and is involved in the Fedora Community.

Mel wrote on her blog about the effects of her gender-neutral nickname, proclaiming that she is indeed a young woman.

Chris Heilmann

Chris Heilmann is principal evangelist for Mozilla, with a focus on the Open Web and HTML5. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first website from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international Web projects. Chris wrote and contributed to four books on Web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, ScriptJunkie and many more. He is a very busy keynote speaker at conferences and helps people communicate and become spokespeople for technology with evangelism training programs.

Ken McLeod ♂

British Science Fiction writer, programmer and biomechanic :)

Karen Sandler ♀

Karen Sandler is the executive director of the GNOME Foundation, an attorney, and former general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center.

Between October 31, 2005 and June 21, 2011 Karen worked at the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), first as counsel, and then as the organization's General Counsel after January 6, 2010. As of June 2011, Karen Sandler is executive director of the GNOME Foundation.

Charles Stross ♂

British Science Fiction writer, programmer and technical writer.

Jimmy Wales ♂

Founder of Wikipedia. Now lives in London, UK.

Declined 2013

Mitchell Baker ♀

Mitchell Baker is Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Internet.

As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser and other Mozilla products.

Charlie Brooker ♂

Brtion with elusive online presence, known on wikipedia as a humourist, satirist, critic, journalist, author, screenwriter, producer, presenter, and broadcaster. His style of humour is acerbic, savage, profane and often controversial with surreal elements and a consistent satirical pessimism. Among his last and most acclaimed work is the TV series Black Mirror, which delves into technology's impact on culture and society in a profound existensial manner.

Cory Doctorow ♂

Writer of fiction and defender of open culture and society. Reputedely lives in a hot-air balloon...

Leigh Honeywell ♀

Leigh Honeywell is co-founder and current President of HackLab.TO, a hackerspace in downtown Toronto devoted to connecting people who do interesting things with hardware and software. She is currently taking a break from the information security industry to complete her Computer Science and Equity Studies degree at the University of Toronto, while building robots and helping break Open Source software for fun.

Pamela Jones ♀

Pamela Jones was the winner of the 2007 Google O'Reilly Open Source Award for "Best FUD Fighter".

Pamela Jones, commonly known as PJ, is the creator and editor of Groklaw, an award-winning website that covers legal news of interest to the free and open-source software community. Jones is an Free Software advocate who previously trained and worked as a paralegal.

Jones' articles have appeared in Linux Journal, LWN, LinuxWorld Magazine, Linux Today, and She also wrote a monthly opinion column for the UK print publication Linux User and Developer. She is one of the contributors to the book Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution.

Becky Stern ♀

Becky Stern is an American artist whose work combines traditional crafts like embroidery, knitting & jewelry-making with physical computing technologies like Arduino.

She was until very recently the Associate Editor for MAKE and CRAFT magazines and is a fellow with the online Free Art and Technology Lab (F.A.T.). Stern is now Head of Wearable Technologies at Adafruit Industries.

Suggestsions from 2012

On the meeting June 3rd it was decided that keynote suggestions from 2012 should be added to the 2013-list, since there have been so few suggestions so far. They are presented as a separate list to highlight their "orphaned" status, but they are still eligible for votes. If you feel that you favour one or several of the suggestions particularly, please promote them by moving them up to 2012!

Kristen Carlson Accardi ♀

Kristen Carlson Accardi is a Linux kernel developer who works for Intel Corporation. She has been a device driver developer since the 1990s and began concentrating on Linux in 2005. She maintains the PCI hot-plug subsystem in the Linux kernel. At least as of 2007, she was the only woman who was a subsystem maintainer for Linux. She lead the organisation of the 2008 Linux Plumber's Conference.

Cat Allman ♀

Cat Allman is a long-time Unix user and currently works in Google's Open Source programs group.

Conference presentations:

   * Getting Started in Open Source (with Leslie Hawthorn) at OSCON 2009
   * Open Source for Newbies: Attracting and Retaining Talented People for Your Project (with Leslie Hawthorn) at LCA2010 

Valerie Aurora ♀

Valerie Aurora (formerly Val Henson) 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.

Alex Bayley ♀

Alex Bayley, best known as Skud in online and technology circles, has been involved in open source and more recently open culture, data and similar areas as a open source developer, advocate, and community manager. In the past she has been active in the Linux, Perl, and Freebase communities and a number of other projects, and is presently leading the Save Australian Music Project. She describes herself as having moved from open source to "open stuff".

Christine Caulfield ♀

Christine Caulfield lives in Leeds, UK and works for Red Hat on Linux clustering, principally writing code for the the 'cman' cluster manager and corosync.

Her spare time open source projects are

   * Linux DECnet: Principal (sole!) maintainer including, officially at least, the kernel module.
   * Vienna 1: A cix offline reader for OS/X
   * iPlayerGUI: A small program for OS/X that helps with downloading BBC programmes and is a wrapper around get_iplayer 

Francesca Coppa ♀

Francesca Coppa is one of the founders of the Organization For Transformative Works (OTW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and preserving fan works and culture. As part of that mission, the OTW is designing and building the Archive of Our Own, the largest female-led and female-dominated Open Source project on the web.

Leah Culver ♀

Leah Culver was a co-founder and the lead developer of the social network and micro-blogging website Pownce, which was acquired by blog juggernaut Six Apart in November 2008, then as a software engineer at Six Apart, Leah used her experience with Pownce to develop large scale social applications for future Six Apart projects. Now she works at Convore, a real-time chat startup she co-founded. While creating the Pownce API she co-authored both the OAuth and OEmbed open API specifications and now maintains the popular Python OAuth library. Leah promotes open source, APIs, and the Django web framework on her blog at In her free time she likes to play around with new technology and try new restaurants near her home in San Francisco.

Alexia Death ♀

Alexia Death is a core GIMP developer.

A summary of Death's contributions to GIMP circa early 2011 can be found on LWN

Selena Deckelmann ♀

Selena Deckelmann

Selena Deckelmann is a consultant and database analyst for Emma She’s a major contributor to PostgreSQL She speaks internationally about free software, developer communities and trolling. She founded and co-chaired Open Source Bridge , a developer conference for open source citi...

Cory Doctorow ♂

Writer of fiction and defender of open culture and society. Reputedely lives in a hot-air balloon...

Mary Gardiner ♀

Mary Gardiner, Director of Operations and Research

Mary Gardiner is an open source developer, computer science graduate student, and women in open source advocate with over ten years of experience. Mary’s research is in lexical semantics and concentrates on how changes in word choice can affect meaning and tone.

Sue Gardner ♀

Sue Gardner <

Sue Gardner is Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia.

Janis Johnson ♀

Janis has been contributing to GCC since 2001; she's the GCC testsuite maintainer.

Speaker bio from Open Source Bridge

Karen Pauley ♀

Karen Pauley is a Perl community volunteer. As of March 2010, she is the President of The Perl Foundation and is a board member of both The Perl Foundation and the YAPC Europe Foundation.

Nóirín Plunkett ♀

Nóirín Plunkett is a geek English translator, community facilitator, and professional communicatrix. Executive Vice President at the Apache Software Foundation and board member of the Open Cloud Initiative, Nóirín...

Deb Richardson ♀

Deb Richardson is the founder of LinuxChix and the developer relations lead for Mozilla.

Kathy Sierra ♀

Kathy Sierra is a writer, blogger, and presenter on topics including Java and user experience. Her blog is/was Creating Passionate Users.

Kathy is (unfortunately) best known because of the incident in 2007 when she received harrassment and death threats which led to her cancelling speaking engagements and ceasing to blog. She was prior to this extremely well-known in the software community as a keynote speaker at web and other software conferences, and for her blog which was a top technology blog.