Jesse is deeply passionate about building scalable architecture, developing open source platforms, and delivering features that delight users. Before NASA and Anso Labs, Jesse was the Lead Architect for Flock, an award winning social web browser. Jesse also created Book Burro, a Firefox extension that allows for seamless price comparison and checking of libraries when on pages that contain a book's ISBN.
I began as the sole IT professional at SparkFun Electronics when it was very small and now manage a diversified staff of fourteen. During the past several years my responsibilities have grown from initially developing our internal ERP system to overseeing the rapid scaling of our growing business in all aspects of information technology.
A contributor to the Free Software community since 1979, Bdale's background also includes many years of hardware design, Unix internals, and embedded systems work. He was an early participant in the Debian project, helped port Debian GNU/Linux to 5 architectures, served as Debian Project Leader, is chairman of the Debian Technical Committee, and remains active in the Debian community. In 2012, Bdale retired from HP, where he served as Chief Technologist for Open Source and Linux.
Paula Hunter brings a compelling combination of industry insight, executive-level business savvy and experience working with not-for-profits to the position of Executive Director. Previously Hunter served as Director of Operations for SEMPO, the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization, a non-profit professional association working to increase awareness and promote the value of Search Engine Marketing worldwide.
Jonathan LeBlanc is a principal technology evangelist, Emmy award winning software engineer, and author of the O'Reilly book "Programming Social Applications". Specializing in open source initiatives around the implementation of social engagement services, Jonathan works with and promotes emerging technologies to aid in the adoption and utilization of new social development techniques, such as his work on the OpenSocial foundation board.
Mark LitzSenior Manager - Systems, Database and Computer OperationsSouth Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC)
Mark is responsible for the evolution of the “Open” architecture and software implementations used in support of the SCDC’s growing web presence. Serving as the Chief Systems architect, he has managed several long term projects to implement Unix and Linux based servers into an historically Mainframe based shop.
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.
Peter VescusoEVP of Marketing and Business DevelopmentBlack Duck Software
Peter brings over 20 years experience in marketing and executive management developing new markets and building brands. Prior to joining Black Duck Software, Peter was VP/GM of the Enterprise Business and VP of Marketing at Cantata Technology.