These are the key speakers presenting in the morning keynote slot. These speakers bring the delegates of the conference together, get them thinking, inspired and fired up!
Gabriella Coleman is an assistant professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. Trained as anthropologist, she examines the ethics and online collaboration with a focus on Free and Open Source Software. Between 2001-2003 she conducted ethnographic research on computer hackers primarily in San Francisco, the Netherlands, as well as those hackers who work on the largest free software project, Debian. She has published numerous articles on the ethics of Free Software and is completing a book manuscript "Coding Freedom: Hacker Pleasure and the Ethics of Free and Open Source Software".
Benjamin Mako Hill
Benjamin Mako Hill is a technology and intellectual property researcher, activist, and consultant. He is currently a Senior Researcher at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, and an adviser and contractor for the One Laptop per Child project. He has been an leader, developer, and contributor to the Free and Open Source Software community for more than a decade as part of the Debian and Ubuntu projects. He is the author of several best-selling technical books, and a member of the Free Software Foundation board of directors. Hill has a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab.
Glyn Moody is a writer, journalist, and blogger. After receiving two degrees in maths, he started writing about computers in 1982, the Internet in 1994, and free software in 1995. In August 1997, his feature “The Greatest OS that (N)ever Was” appeared in Wired magazine; his history of free software and open source, “Rebel Code”, was published by Penguin in 2001. “Digital Code of Life”, a book about the genomic software that powers everything alive, and the battle to keep it free, came out in 2004. He has been blogging for five years, and is @glynmoody on Twitter and identi.ca.
Nathan Torkington ran the first web server in New Zealand, chaired the O'Reilly Open Source Convention and other O'Reilly conferences for over a decade. He co-wrote the best-selling Perl Cookbook, serves on the board of the Perl Foundation, and more locally, Kiwi Foo Camp, an unconference style event that mirrors the O'Reilly Foo Camp held in the USA. He lives in Leigh where he consults in the Asia-Pacific region on web and open source technology. He teaches free and open source programming to 7 year olds and isn't afraid to admit it.