Sharan Foga has over 20 years in the IT industry working on the delivery and implementation of IT projects. She is currently based in Stockholm, Sweden and works for Sandvik as an Agile Delivery Manager. She has been involved with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) since 2008 and has presented at several conferences about "The Apache Way" of engaging and empowering communities. She enjoys working on open source community management and is currently VP Apache Community Development. She is a Committer, ASF Member and is involved in several ASF projects including Apache Community Development, Apache OFBiz, Apache Kibble, Apache Training (incubating) and Apache Incubator.
Myrle is a software architect with 20 years of experience developing APIs and scalable systems in Java and C++. She's exuberant about open source and passionate about making software that solves important problems facing humanity.
Sander van der Waal is the lead of the Future Internet Lab at Waag, working to ensure that human values are core to how technology and data are designed and deployed in society, based on Waag’s principles of openness, fairness, and inclusivity.
He has an educational background in computer science and philosophy, and has solid expertise and experience in open source software development, open data and knowledge, and data infrastructures.
Lydia Pintscher studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe. She is the vice president of KDE e.V., the non-profit supporting one of the largest free software communities. She is also the product manager of Wikidata, Wikimedia's knowledge base. She is the editor of Open Advice, a book for getting people started in all areas of free software.
Stefan Rudnitzki works as team lead of the agile coach team at Testo. He has over 10 years experience working as software developer, project lead and team lead in different working environments. From waterfall to agile working methods up to holacracy he experienced the different challenges and benefits in the area of free and open source software. Additionally he is an organizer of the MongoDB user group and Async Cat Herding meetup in Berlin. Furthermore he is the co-founder of the FOSS Backstage conference.
Isabel Drost-Fromm is Open Source Strategist at Europace AG Germany. She's a member of the Apache Software Foundation, co-founder of Apache Mahout and mentored several incubating projects. Isabel is interested in all things FOSS, search and text mining with a decent machine learning background. True to the nature of people living in Berlin she loves having friends fly in for a brief visit - as a result she co-founded and is still one of the creative heads behind Berlin Buzzwords, a tech conference on all things search, scale and storage.
Over the course of 20 years of industry experience, Josh has spent time in various roles and companies in both North America and Europe. He maintains a broad base of experience and knowledge, combined with various areas of depth such as team leadership, data science, distributed systems, software engineering and agile development practices. Josh likes working on effective data-driven products as much as building strong teams and organisations. Josh believes that Open Source plays a crucial role in today's economy and technology landscape and is eager to participate in the conversation of how Open Source evolves.