Keynote Suggestions 2015

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Suggestions for 2015

Put your keynote suggestions in here. They should include both Name, Link and Description. See Keynote_Suggestions_2014 for reference. Alphabetical order is suggested.

Bradley M. Kuhn ♂

Bradley M. Kuhn is the President and Distinguished Technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy, on the Board of Directors of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), and editor-in-chief of Kuhn began his work in the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early adopter of the GNU/Linux operating system, and began contributing to various Free Software projects. He worked during the 1990s as a system administrator and software developer for various companies, and taught AP Computer Science at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. Kuhn's non-profit career began in 2000, when he was hired by the FSF. As FSF's Executive Director from 2001–2005, Kuhn led FSF's GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL. Kuhn was appointed President of Software Freedom Conservancy in April 2006, was Conservancy's primary volunteer from 2006–2010, and has been a full-time staffer since early 2011. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola University in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. Kuhn's Master's thesis discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of Free Software programming languages. Kuhn received the O'Reilly Open Source Award in 2012, in recognition for his lifelong policy work on copyleft licensing. Kuhn has a blog, is on and co-hosts the audcast, Free as in Freedom.

Charles Stross ♂

British Science Fiction writer, programmer and technical writer.

Copenhagen Suborbitals

A non-profit suborbital space endeavour based entirely on sponsors, private donors and part time specialists.

Cory Doctorow ♂

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

Ken MacLeod ♂

British Science Fiction writer, programmer and biomechanic :)

Smari McCarthy ♂

Topic: "Anything he thinks is important and relevant at the time". (He's a regular at FSCONS; in case someone doesn't know who he is: )

Suggestions for 2014

Jacob Appelbaum ♂

Jacob is an independent computer security researcher and cypherpunk. He is currently employed as a developer, spokesperson, and advocate by the Tor Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization developing tools designed to provide online anonymity. Following the disclosure of the Snowden documents, he has moved to Berlin and has been working in collaboration with Der Spiegel on the release of said documents, including an extensive catalog advertising the NSA toolbox. He also testified before the European Parliament in September 2013, during the political debate following the disclosure. He is a frequent speaker/advocate at numerous conferences and other events such as the Chaos Communication Congress or LibrePlanet, where he gave keynote speeches in respectively 2012 and 2014.

Michel Bauwens ♂

Bauwens is founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He has been an analyst for the United States Information Agency, knowledge manager for British Petroleum (where he created one of the first virtual information centers), eBusiness Strategy Manager for Belgacom, as well as an internet entrepreneur in his home country of Belgium.

He is a former editor-in-chief of the first European digital convergence magazine, the Dutch language Wave.

With Frank Theys, Bauwens is the co-creator of a 3 hour documentary TechnoCalyps, an examination of the 'metaphysics of technology'. He taught and, with Salvino Salvaggio, co-edited a two-volume French language anthologies on the Anthropology of Digital Society.

He has taught courses on the anthropology of digital society to postgraduate students at ICHEC/St. Louis in Brussels, Belgium and related courses at Payap University and Chiang Mai University in Thailand.

Bauwens is the author of a number of on-line essays, including the seminal thesis Peer to Peer and Human Evolution, and The Political Economy of Peer Production. He was also editor of the email Pluralities-Integration newsletter (until 2007, when it ceased production).

In 2008 he was external expert at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

He is currently Primavera Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and also coordinates a research group at the Ecuadorian National Advanced Studies Institute called FLOK Society.

He is one of the founders and primary activists of the P2P Foundation.

Wikipedia article

Copenhagen Suborbitals

A non-profit suborbital space endeavour based entirely on sponsors, private donors and part time specialists.

Cory Doctorow ♂

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

Birgitta Jónsdóttir ♀

Birgitta is a politician sitting at the Alþingi (Icelandic Parliament), first as a representative of the Citizens' Movement (2009-2013), then of the Icelandic Pirate Party (since 2013) which she co-founded in late 2012. Before becoming an Icelandic parliamentarian, she was involved Wikileaks (among other roles as a spokeswoman) during the Collateral Murder leaks. Since 2010, she is the chief sponsor and chairman of the Icelandic Modern Media Institute (IMMI), an institution developping havens for freedom of information, speech, and expression.

Bradley M. Kuhn ♂

Kuhn is currently President of the Software Freedom Conservancy, having previously been Executive Director. Until 2010 he was the FLOSS Community Liaison and Technology Director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). He previously served as the Executive Director of Free Software Foundation (FSF) from 2001 until March 2005. He was elected to the FSF's board of directors in March 2010.

He is best known for his efforts in GPL enforcement, both at FSF and SFLC, as the creator of FSF's license list, and as original author of the Affero General Public License. He has long been a proponent for non-profit structures for FLOSS development, and leads efforts in this direction through the Software Freedom Conservancy. He is a recipient of the 2012 O'Reilly Open Source Award.

Wikipedia article Personal home page

Ken MacLeod ♂

British Science Fiction writer, programmer and biomechanic :)

Charles Stross ♂

British Science Fiction writer, programmer and technical writer.

Jérémie Zimmermann ♂

Jérémie is the co-founder and former spokesperson of La Quadrature du Net, an influential French advocacy group defending the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet, often described as a "French clone of the Electronic Frontier Foundation". He was awarded the EFF Pioneer Award in 2012 (together with Andrew "bunnie" Huang and the Tor Project) for his major role in the fight against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which was eventually defeated in the European Parliament in July 2012.

As a former spokesperson of La Quadrature du Net he was a frequent speaker in various conferences and event on numerous of technology policy topics, including freedom of expression, copyright, regulation of telecommunications, and online privacy. He also appeared in the 8th episode of Julian Assange's The World Tomorrow (with Jacob Appelbaum and Andy Müller-Maguhn).

Suggestions from 2013

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 :)

Charles Stross ♂

British Science Fiction writer, programmer and technical writer.

Jimmy Wales ♂

Founder of Wikipedia. Now lives in London, UK.

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

Not interested in doing keynotes.

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

Unfortunately unable to do any public talks.

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.