Announcing Danese Cooper as our keynote!

We are very happy to announce our second keynote - Danese Cooper, who will share the stories from the early days of Open Source!

Ms. Cooper has been the Head of Open Source Software at PayPal, Inc. since February 2014. She was Chairperson of the Node.js Foundation from June 2015 through June 2017, and continues to serve on that board. Ms. Cooper previously served as the CTO of Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., as Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun and as Sr. Director of Open Source Strategies for Intel. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the Boards of the Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Hardware Association and has advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation, where she has been a Member since 2005. She also runs a successful open source consultancy which counts Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation and Numenta as clients. She has been known to knit through meetings.

As the 20th anniversary of Open Source Initiative is coming up this year, Danese is working on book on the subject of stories from the early days of Open Source that were never written down. She will share some of them in her upcoming keynote for FOSS Backstage!

We are thrilled to have you on board, Danese!