Jeff Avallone is a Principal Frontend Engineer at Comcast, working
mainly on the xfinity and xfinityTV websites for the past 6 years.
During his time at Comcast, he has helped implement code standards and
best practices for the frontend development teams. He has also been an
ardent open source user and supporter for over 12 years. He has a BS
in Computer Science from Millersville University.
For many years a Perl Bioinformatics programmer in Philadelphia for a major pharma company helping scientists load, process, analyze and view their data. Now doing similar things for investors.
Keeper of the lighting talks gong.
Ben Bassi, founder and CEO of CommonPlaces, is a seasoned Internet veteran and marketing executive. As one of the first business executives of Lycos, Bassi was responsible for creating many of the first portal traffic agreements in the industry, and licensing the Lycos portal technology to over 35 companies internationally. Bassi also directed Lycos’ joint venture with Bertelsmann, publishing over 50 Internet books. Ben Bassi’s Internet experience dates back to the early ‘90s, when as VP of North America for Object Design he directed several projects for IBM and the federal government. His first Internet project was developing a command and control center used by the Armed Services in Desert Storm with SAIC. CommonPlaces, Inc. has been recognized on Inc 500 list of fastest growing companies in the United States. Specializing in Open Source web development technologies they have created and implemented projects for Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Staples and Waste Management.
Nicholas Brenckle is a systems administrator working in the telecommunications field. He has been working with Linux since the early 1990′s using distributions such as Yggdrasil and RedHat
Halloween. After doing dozens of mergers and acquisitions, he has seen the importance of documentation. In his spare time he works on Land Rovers and enjoys spending time with his wife Dana and his dog Brodie.
Ryan has been using and developing WordPress related sites and plugins since 2004 and currently runs his own freelance business doing just that. He loves pushing the envelope on what WordPress can do. As a developer by nature he focuses mainly on back-end architecture rather than front end design. He has also attended and spoken at many WordCamps across the country in recent years.
Joe Brockmeier is a open source evangelist for Citrix and committer on the Apache CloudStack project. Joe has a long history of involvement with open source, and has also worked for Novell as the openSUSE community manager. He has also spent many years working as a technology journalist, and has written for ReadWriteWeb, Linux.com, LWN, Linux Magazine, NetworkWorld, ZDNet, and many others.
Bob has worked for and with Fortune 50 companies and startups since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. He gets paid to make complicated things simple, but he makes simple things complicated in his spare time.
I have been using Linux as a daily OS now since Windows 98.
It is the only operating system I use, and have installed at home. I got started using Linux by joining C.P.L.U.G. and my first distribution was Gentoo built from Stage 1, followed shortly thereafter by a Stage 3 install. I have used just about every flavor of Linux over the years. My current distribution is Ubuntu. This is also the distribution which runs my SmartHome.
I play in a band, love music, and work as a Systems Administrator for Highmark Inc. I administer primarily Solaris 9 and 10 machines. RHEL 5 and 6 machines, and AIX 7 servers.
I am married and have three children. I actually use Open Source software every day as it controls my home: Climate, Lighting, Security, Media, Computing, Telephony. When I am not using Linux machines, my other devices are all Android, from 2.3 up to and including the latest builds of 4.1.1. Open Source is my life.
Mr Johnson is an IT veteran, and a self-professed gadget Geek!
Daniel Lohin works in the information security field for Booz Allen Hamilton helping clients secure networks. He holds a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Information Security from George Mason University. He holds a number of certifications including CISSP, RHCSA, CEH, Security+. He has an interest in all things security and open source. He lives with his wife in Columbia, Md.
Jason May is a Rails developer and a Perl enthusiast. Being a consultant and team member at xforty technologies, Jason has built plenty of experience in collaborative web and systems development. In his free time, he likes to to climb, play video games, and think about math.
Charlie Reisinger is the IT Director at Penn Manor School District in Lancaster County. Charlie and his team deeply integrate open source solutions into all areas of school technology operations and classroom instruction. In 2011, the PA School Boards Association recognized Penn Manor as a state School of Excellence in Technology, citing the district’s outstanding strategic technology programs, including the student Linux laptop project. Charlie is a member of the corporate faculty at Harrisburg University and also provides instructional technology leadership services for regional schools and educational agencies.
Mat Schaffer is a full stack web developer with a passion for effective process
and clean code. He spent the last decade working on high-traffic web
applications and optimizing developer productivity at Comcast. Now he’s
bringing that experience to bear on companies across the country as co-founder
of Mashion. He’s also an regular contributor to open source and organizes the
Philadelphia Ruby Group, Philly.rb. When he’s not coding he can be found
playing music, rock climbing or squeezing a giggle out of his son.
I am a Security Analyst with Lowe’s in Mooresville, North Carolina. I hold a Master’s degree in Information Security and Assurance and have a large number of certificates and an alphabet soup of meaningless letters I could throw at you. I do Infosec both as a hobby and a career. I’m a dad, husband, and full time geek. A proud member of Hackerspace Charlotte and I’ve been known to melt a
little solder. I’m excited and honored to be speaking again at CPOSC.
Dr. Roger Webster has earned the Ph.D. (1988) and M.S. (1986) degrees in Computer Science from Temple University’s School of Engineering, an M.S. in C.I.S. from Bentley College (1982), and a B.S. degree from the University of Maine (1978). He has spent sabbaticals at MIT’s Center for Advanced Engineering Study (1990-91), and a visiting researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Human Simulation and Computer Graphics Laboratory (1997) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Computer Graphics and Game Technology (CGGT) Program (2004). Prior to coming to Millersville University in 1983, Dr. Webster worked at the Hewlett-Packard Corporation’s Medical Systems Division in Waltham, Massachusetts as a Software Engineer (1979-1983).
Dr. Webster has been awarded, directed, and participated in a number of National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and other externally funded research in: Android and IOS/IPhone/IPad App Development, Video Game Development, Surgical Simulation, 3D Graphics/Virtual Reality, Haptic Programming Environments, Artificial Intelligence, Robot Vision, and Real-Time Systems Engineering. He has published over 60 scientific articles in Computer Science, and has presented his work at professional conferences both nationally and internationally. Dr. Webster is the director of the Intelligent Machines Laboratory.
Systems Administrator at INetU Managed Hosting for the last 3 years. Worked heavily on the Nagios installation during that time.
Scott Woods has led West Arete, a custom software development firm, since 2005. He’s been a professional in the industry for about 20 years, and his work has always centered around open source technologies. His current work involves supporting and guiding West Arete, and his technical interests revolve around software architecture and development practices.