Jim Jagielski is a well known and acknowledged expert and visionary in Open Source, an accomplished coder, and frequent engaging presenter on all things Open, Web and Cloud related. As a developer, he’s made substantial code contributions to just about every core technology behind the Internet and Web and in 2012 was awarded the O’Reilly Open Source Award and in 2015 received the Innovation Luminary Award from the EU. He is likely best known as one of the developers and co-founders of the Apache Software Foundation, where he has previously served as both Chairman and President and where he’s been on the Board Of Directors since day one. Currently he is Vice-Chairman. He’s served as President of the Outercurve Foundation and was also a director of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Up until recently, he worked at Capital One as a Sr. Director in the Tech Fellows program. He credits his wife Eileen in keeping him sane.
Sharan is an independent project management consultant and author. She has been involved with open source projects at The Apache Software Foundation since 2008 and enjoys working on ways to enable and improve community collaboration. She is a committer and PMC member on Apache OFBiz and Apache Kibble, and also the VP of Apache Community Development.
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 financial inclusion. Myrle is a co-founder of Zingr, a digital remittances company working to bring financial services to the unbanked in the Caribbean.
Henri is an Apache member, once active on various Apache Java projects and known for launching the Apache Attic. He organizes Open Source at work and focuses his spare time on his family.
Sander is the Head of Network and Partnerships at Open Knowledge International (OKI), where he focuses on strengthening connections between the open source and open data projects at OKI and the wider Open Knowledge Network. Before joining OKI, Sander advised the higher education sector in the UK on open source software development as part of OSS Watch. Sander combines a background in computer science (BSc/MSc) with philosophy (BSc) and is interested in how technology and data can be best applied to meet the citizens' needs and interests in the 21st century.
Lydia Pintscher studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe. She is the 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 is a lead developer at Europace AG. As developer he is working on frontend and backend software. From a leadership perspective he is responsible for multiple facets like team organization, self organization, employer branding and recruiting. Within the last 10 years he was able to learn the diverse views and understandings of agile at different employers and teams. 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.
Michael is a member of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and coordinates the group in Bonn. Furthermore he works as a consultant at sysfive.com.