Jon “maddog” Hall is a free and open source software advocate, programmer, and author. While working at Digital Equipment Corporation, he was early to recognize the commercial importance of Linux and convinced Linus Torvalds to port the operating system to Digital’s Alpha microprocessors. Hall has since served on the boards of Linux Professional Institute and the USENIX association. He currently is CEO of cloud computing company OptDyn and founder of open hardware effort Project Cauā.
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Zaheda Bhorat is an open source advocate and evangelist. Bhorat helped establish Google’s first open source program office as well as its highly successful “Summer of Code” mentoring program. She also headed both the OpenOffice.org and NetBeans.org communities while working at Sun Microsystems. Most recently, she is the head of open source strategy and head of the program office at Amazon Web Services.
Katherine Maher is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation — the non-profit organization that operates the free and open encyclopedia: Wikipedia. In addition, Maher is a noted foreign policy expert specializing in technology’s impact on human rights, democracy, and international development.
Jim Kent is a research scientist and computer programmer best known for his work on the Human Genome Project. In 2000, while a PhD student at the University of California Santa Cruz, Kent wrote the software which allowed the publicly funded Human Genome Project to win the race to assemble and publish the human genome sequence. Being the first to publish the sequence ensured that the human genome would remain free and protected from commercial patents.
Mary Ann Horton (formerly Mark R. Horton) is a computer scientist and transgender educator and activist. Horton invented uuencode which was the forerunner to e-mail attachments. As a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley, Horton also contributed to BSD, working on programs such as vi, terminfo, curses, and the B News Usenet reader. She would later continue this work at Bell Labs, and while there, also lead the growth of the Usenet network throughout the 1980’s.