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Keila Banks
15 Year Old Programmer, Web Designer and Technologist

Keila Banks is a 15 year old programmer, web designer, entrepreneur and international speaker. She started programming at 9 and has been traveling the world speaking on being a young girl in tech. At age 12 she won the Young Entreprenuer of the year award beating out people much older than her. Since then, she’s been recognized by the mayor of Los Angeles, Long Beach California and presented in 2016 at the White House as an example of great things our youth are doing in technology. Coming from a tech family, she loves and embraces many forms of technology without letting it get in the way of just having fun being a kid.

Linus Torvalds
Linux Foundation Fellow

Linus Torvalds created the Linux kernel and Git and oversees open source development of the Linux operating system, the world's largest and most pervasive open source software project in history.

Sarah Novotny
Head of Open Source Strategy for Google Cloud Platform

Sarah Novotny is head of Open Source Strategy for Google Cloud Platform, and was previously the Kubernetes Community Program Manager for Google. She has long been an Open Source community champion and ran large scale technology infrastructures before web-scale had a name. In 2001, she co-founded Blue Gecko, a remote database administration company which was sold to DatAvail in 2012. She has curated teams, been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery and is a program chair emeritus for O’Reilly Media’s OSCON.

Mitchell Hashimoto
Founder of HashiCorp

Mitchell Hashimoto is a passionate engineer, professional speaker, and entrepreneur. Mitchell has been creating and contributing to open source software for almost a decade. He has spoken at dozens of conferences about his work, such as VelocityConf, OSCON, FOSDEM, and more. Mitchell is the founder of HashiCorp, a company whose goal is to make the best DevOps tools in the world, including Vagrant. Prior to HashiCorp, Mitchell spent five years as a web developer and another four as an operations engineer.

Neha Narkhede
Co-founder & CTO, Confluent

Neha Narkhede is co-founder and CTO at Confluent, the company behind the popular Apache Kafka streaming platform. Prior to founding Confluent, Neha led streams infrastructure at LinkedIn, where she was responsible for LinkedIn’s streaming infrastructure built on top of Apache Kafka and Apache Samza. She is one of the initial authors of Apache Kafka and a committer and PMC member on the project.

Reuben Paul
11 Year Old Hacker, CyberShaolin Founder and Cyber Security Ambassador

Reuben is a 11 year old from Pflugerville, TX. When asked by his 1st grade teacher to illustrate his future career, he drew on a sheet that he wanted to become a Cyber Spy. But, Reuben is not just another computer geek. He lives a life on the edge, between his school, as a straight ‘A’ student and all of his other passions. When he is not playing video games or on the computer, he likes to read, and takes classes to play inline hockey, swim, do gymnastics, Shaolin Do KungFu, play piano, drums and do art. Reuben is an invited speaker, delivering awareness talks and keynotes on the importance of teaching CyberSecurity to kids and adults. He has been featured at several industry leading Information Security conferences. His keynote talks on “Creating a Safe and Secure Cyber World for Kids (by a kid)”, “Developing r00t-kidz: The Future of Cybersecurity”, “InfoSec from the mouth of babes (or an 8 year old)”, and "Mutually symb-IoT-ic Security" have been quoted and referenced by several information security sources and news agencies that call him a “Child Hacker". They have become a source of inspiration to kids and adults alike to start teaching CyberSecurity to kids.

Jono Bacon
Community/Developer Strategy Consultant and Author

Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting which provides community strategy/execution, developer workflow, and other services. He also previously served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, OpenAdvantage. His clients include Huawei, GitLab, Microsoft, Sony Mobile, Deutsche Bank, HackerOne, Mattermost, SAP,, Creative Commons, and others. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Art of Community, is a columnist for Forbes and, founder of the Community Leadership Summit, and co-founder of the Bad Voltage and LugRadio podcasts.

Dirk Hohndel
Vice President & Chief Open Source Officer, VMware

Dirk is VMware’s Chief Open Source Officer, leading the company’s open source efforts and strategy and driving common values and processes across the company for VMware’s interaction with the open source communities. Before joining VMware, Dirk spent almost 15 years as Intel’s Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist, guiding Intel’s engagements in open source. Before that, among other roles, he worked as Chief Technology Officer of SuSE and Unix Architect of Deutsche Bank. Dirk has been an active developer and contributor in Linux and open source since the early 1990s. He was one of the early Linux kernel developers and has contributed to several dozen open source projects over the years. Dirk holds a Diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Würzburg, Germany. He lives in Portland, OR.

Mark Skarpness
Vice President, Software and Services Group Director, Open Source Technology Center Datacenter System Software, Intel Corporation

Mark L. Skarpness is vice president in the Software and Services Group and director of datacenter system software for the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corporation. Mark leads a global engineering team responsible for open source engineering supporting the datacenter market, including networking and storage open source engineering, containers, the Clear Linux Project, open cloud OS engineering, OS vendor (OSV)/cloud service provider (CSP) enabling, and scripting/web platform development and W3C standardization.  Mark also represents Intel on the Node.js Foundation board of directors.


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