Jon "maddog" Hall is the Board Chair for the Linux Professional Institute. Since 1969, Mr. Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, author and university educator.
Mr. Hall has worked on many different operating systems but concentrated on Unix systems since 1980 and Linux systems since 1994, when he first met Linus Torvalds and correctly recognized the commercial importance of Linux and Free and Open Source Software. Mr. Hall obtained a DEC "Alpha" system for Linus Torvalds and organized a DEC engineering team which helped the Linux community to port Linux to the world's fastest 64-bit microcomputer. He helped several companies (both large and small) create complete lines of business utilizing Free and Open Source Software and Hardware.
Mr. Hall is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, many presentations and one book, "Linux for Dummies". He currently writes a blog for Linux Pro Magazine. Mr. Hall has consulted with the governments of China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Brazil as well as the United Nations and many local and state governments on the use of Free and Open Source Software.
He received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University in 1973 and his MS in Computer Science from RPI in 1977.
Alex Karasulu is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the software industry and a recognized leader in the open source community. He is widely known as the original author of the Apache Directory Server, used by IBM both as the foundation of the Rational Directory Server and also integrated into the Websphere Application Server. Alex co-founded several Apache projects, including MINA, Felix and Karaf, among others, which, along with their communities, thrive independently past his day-to-day involvement in the projects. He is the founder of Safehaus, where he authored the first low-resource mobile OTP algorithms in open source with the OATH community that was later adopted by Google in their Authenticator product. In addition to IBM, Atlassian, Cisco, and Polycom are just a few of the many companies that sell commercial hardware and software solutions that bundle or embed software and products that Alex has created. Alex holds a BSc. in Computer Science and Physics from Columbia University.
Active in the Web since 1993, Sally Khudairi is the publicist behind some of the industry's most prominent standards and organizations. Sally is a long-time champion of collaborative innovation, notably as the former deputy to Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Head of Communications for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). She helped launch The Apache Software Foundation in 1999, and was elected its first female and non-technical member. Sally is Vice President of Marketing and Publicity for The Apache Software Foundation, and Chief Executive of luxury brand communications consultancy HALO Worldwide. She joined OptDyn in Q1 2016 to oversee marketing, outreach, and engagement.
Niclas Hedhman has been a serial entrepreneur since his early years and the founder of Headtronics, XS Control, Bali Automation, CodeDragons, Jayway Malaysia, and Bright Things UN Ltd. Niclas joins OptDyn from Morgan Stanley, where he spent 4 years as Vice President in the Equity Risk Technology and Enterprise Application Infrastructure teams. He is CEO of CodeDragons in Malaysia, which provides consulting services for FinTech startups. When Niclas was consulting Chief Architect for eWarna.com, the Labworks online color management system won the "Best of Software Applications" and the "Best of the Best, Prime Minister's Award" at the 2002 MSC-APICTA Awards. He is heavily involved in the Apache Software Foundation, and has been contributing to open source for over 20 years, with plans to continue to do so.
Simon is the top-ranked individual of the 23K-member “People of Blockchain”, and is regularly named in Twitter “influencer” lists. He is Senior Editor at Irish Tech News, Editor in Chief at CryptoCoinNews, and writes for Sunday Business Post, Irish Times, Southern Star, IBM, G+D, and others. He has co-founded seven companies, and serves as a business mentor and advisor with 100+ successful ICOs to date.
David founded Linaro and is its CTO while working at Advanced RISC Machines as an ARM Fellow. David always enjoyed mathematics, but America’s space program together with ‘Star Trek’ made him think that computers were really interesting and so he graduated in 1982 with a degree in Computer Science. At Digital Equipment Corporation he got involved in the port of Linux® to the Alpha processor. This gave him an abiding respect for the power of open source in general and Linux in particular. He worked on StrongARM before moving to ARM where he added tools experience. At ARM he continued to be involved in open source and as a reward for his meddling was made an ARM Fellow. He helped create Linaro, becoming its CTO in 2010. David enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, fine wines and friends.
Benedict O’Mahoney is a corporate and intellectual property attorney with over 25 years experience in the high tech industry. He has been in private practice for 10 years helping startups get started and building out their intellectual property portfolios. He also represents high-technology clients in filing and prosecuting patents domestically and internationally, licensing intellectual property, financing transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to private practice, he served 15 years as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at a Silicon valley software company specializing in artificial intelligence where he oversaw all administrative, legal, patent, corporate and M&A functions. Contracting functions included enterprise software for data aggregation and DARPA R&D for expert systems. Benedict also coded and launched the first online copyright registration service which has processed thousands of copyright registrations with the U.S. Copyright Office. He has been a frequent speaker at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention on such topics as sampling, music and media licensing, digital rights management, and fair use.