FSCONS 2012/Keynote Speakers

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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.


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.

Mitchell Baker

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.

Francesca Coppa

Francesca Coppa is one of the founders of the Organization For Transformative Works http://transformativeworks.org (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 http://archiveofourown.org, the largest female-led and female-dominated Open Source project on the web.

Selena Deckelmann

Selena Deckelmann http://chesnok.com/

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

Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner <http://suegardner.org/

Sue Gardner is Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation http://wikimediafoundation.org/, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia.

Leigh Honeywell


Leigh Honeywell is co-founder and current President of HackLab.TO http://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.

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...