Speaker List

No Picture Andrew Greene - Research Assistant, Seneca CDOT

My names Andrew Greene I am currently a 6th semester student, enrolled in the CTY program and also an employee at Seneca CDOT in the Fedora ARM Project. Currently I am involved in composing the RasPi Fedora images.

No Picture Anthony Green - ,

Anthony Green is a long-time FOSS user and developer. Anthony has worked on a numerous Free Software projects over the years, including the GNU toolchain, and is the primary author and maintainer of libffi. A veteran of Silicon Valley, Anthony currently works in Enterprise software sales at Red Hat in Toronto.

Rolling your own Embedded Processor with Free Software

No Picture Ben Houston - CEO, Exocortex Technologies, Inc.

Ben Houston is the founder and CEO of Ottawa-based Exocortex Technologies, Inc. Exocortex creates software solutions for the VFX and game industry. Exocortex’s current client list includes dozens of the top VFX firms around the world. Exocortex software was recently used on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011), Titanic 3D (2012), The Avengers (2012), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012.) Ben Houston has designed, lead and/or managed development of 7 commercially successful software products for the VFX industry as well as many special projects. Software Ben has created has grossed over $10M in sales in the global VFX industry over the last decade. Author of 8 published papers and 3 US patents with more than 150 citations. Academic work has been reproduced by both Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic, Stanford University, UCLA, UBC and, CalTech.

Growing a business based on Open Source Software

No Picture Chad Pilkey - Developer, Seneca College

Chad is a programming student in Seneca's School of Information & Communications Technology. He has been a part of the CDOT BigBlueButton team since January 2012.

Accessible Applications

No Picture Chris DeCairos - Integration Engineer, Mozilla Foundation

CPA graduate, Webmaker.org Engineer for the Mozilla Foundation in Toronto.

Introduction to Popcorn Maker
Using the Popcorn.js HTML5 media library to build business products

Chris Rodgers - Professor, Seneca College

Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with bachelors in Engineering Physics from McMaster.

Nine years of engineering experience in industry including Xerox Research, Princess Margaret
Hospital and the University of Toronto.

Twenty one years experience teaching electronics and computer engineering technology, including twelve years in the electronics and computer engineering technology program at Seneca College Newnham campus. A lead professor in final technology projects and curriculum development. Supervised numerous student projects with industry partners.

Interfacing Hardware using Android

Chris Szalwinski - Professor, Seneca College

Ph.D. - University of Cambridge
M.A.Sc. - University of Toronto
B.Eng. - Carleton University
P.Eng. - Professional Engineers Ontario

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GPU Research Capabilities at Seneca

No Picture Chris Tyler - Industrial Research Chair, Open Source Technology for Emerging Platforms, Seneca College, Centre for Development of Open Technology

Chris Tyler has been participating in and contributing to open source software communities since the 1980s. He is currently researching the use of open source software on emerging computing platforms, focusing on the Fedora Linux distribution on ARM systems.

Open Source and Hyperscale Computing

No Picture Daniel Hodgin - ,

Using the Popcorn.js HTML5 media library to build business products

No Picture David Bensimon - , Canonical

Introduction to LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project)

No Picture David Seifried - Researcher, CDOT

Final semester CPA student, Popcorn.js and Popcorn Maker developer

Introduction to Popcorn Maker

No Picture Dru Lavigne - Community Manager, iXsystems (corporate sponsor of FreeNAS)

Dru Lavigne is the Community Manager of the PC-BSD project and the lead documentation writer for the FreeNAS project. She is author of BSD Hacks, The Best of FreeBSD Basics, and The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD. She is founder and current Chair of the BSD Certification Group Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to create the standard for certifying BSD system administrators, and serves on the Board of the FreeBSD Foundation.

Introduction to FreeNAS 8.3

No Picture Dylan Segna - Web Programmer , PiBeginners.com

I am a student at Seneca in the 5th semester of the CPA program.
I enjoy Web Development, so when James Liolios approached me about setting up a website for Rasperry Pi beginners I was all for it, despite my lack of knowledge regarding the Raspberry Pi.
We teamed up with the owner of the RaspberryPiivBeginners youtube channel and some additional guide authors in order to provide tutorials for beginner Raspberry Pi users.
Since then we have come up with many additional ideas on how to provide a great experience for the Raspberry Pi community, and have worked tirelessly to see these ideas implemented.

No Picture Elliott Baron - Software Engineer, Red Hat

Elliott has recently joined the Java team at Red Hat in the Toronto office, working on Thermostat and the Hotspot JVM. Elliott recently completed his Master's degree in Computer Science at UofT, dealing with accelerating operating systems using GPUs.

Thermostat: Taking over the Java tooling world with Open Source Software

No Picture Fred Dixon - Project Manager, BigBlueButton

Fred Dixon is the project manager for the BigBlueButton project (see http://bigbluebutton.org). He is also a serial entrepreneur and is the CEO of Blindside Networks.

Growing a business based on Open Source Software
Leveraging HTML5 + WebRTC for open source web conferencing

No Picture Glenn McKnight - Volunteer , IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiatives Committee


McKnight, Glenn and Herrara, Alfredo, IEEE Humanitarian Projects: Open Source Technologies and the Poorest Nations, OSBR, Dec. 2010, http://www.timreview.ca/article/401
McKnight, Glenn and Leibovitch, Evan, Open Source in Canada’s Public Sector, OSBR, March 2008, http://www.timreview.ca/article/130

Mcknight Glenn and Duncan, Aaran, Social Media and Open Source: Worlds Apart?, OSBR, Oct, 2009,http://www.timreview.ca/article/297

Mcknight, Glenn , Digital Divide and Accessibility( SLIDESHOW)

McKnight. Glenn E Goverance Study, Rutgers University 2012

Mcknight, Glenn, Internet Fraud Blog, E-CRIME MONITOR

McKnight, Glenn, Coordination of the first Caribbean Open Source/Linux Initiative funded by IDRC Canada

Glenn McKnight BIO

Glenn has been involved in IT and education projects for twenty years starting with appropriate technology development and implementation, skills training and certification with the private sector, public institutions and non profit organizations. He has been co-responsible for developing advanced Linux certifications, Ubuntu, Security exams, co-author of various articles on Open Source, Open Hardware and Free and Free and Open Source Business training manuals and more. He was the Project Manager of Industry Canada`s VolNET program linking non profits and Internet access.

In 2005 , Glenn was part of large delegation of community organizations at WSIS in Geneva. As a Director of the Foundation for Building Sustainable communities the WSIS Award of Excellence was achieved for the WOWEM Project.

His experience and expertise includes systems for student and staff training, staff hiring, performance appraisals, volunteer recruitment and social media creation and implementation through online video and photographic storytelling

Current business project includes INKMEDIA an android tablet and netbook focused on technology solutions for the low income population in the third world. Details at http://www.ink-media.com.

He is an active member of the ICANN community on the NARALO, NOMCOM and the ICANN ACADEMY committees with a concern on building a stronger, transparent and accountable Internet.

He is an active member of IEEE and member of IEEE PES Community Solutions Initiatives for humanitarian technology challenges with a focus on developing technologies for reliable electricity and data connectivity projects in the developing world and in the spare time he helps develop and maintain an extensive organic heritage community garden initiative to provide food to local food banks

Glenn McKnight, BA, MA in Social Anthropology at York University in Toronto, Ontario Canada

IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge: Open Hardware Project

No Picture Hasan Kamal-Al-Deen - Research Assistant, Center for the Development of Open Technology

Hasan Kamal-Al-Deen is a graduate of Seneca@York's Computer Programming and Analysis program and is a current developer on CDOT's ExocortexStudio.JS project. He likes game development, graphics programming, implementations of mathematical algorithms and other generally boring stuff. In his free time, Hasan enjoys the company of other humans, exercising and discussing exercise-related things.

ExocortexStudioJS, web based 3D content creation tool

No Picture James Liolios - Co-Founder @ PiBeginners.com,

I am a student in my fourth semester of CNS here at Seneca. I've been interested with the Raspberry Pi ever since it was first shown to me back in my first semester hardware class. The first thing I noticed when receiving my Pi was the lack of documentation that came with it, and the difficulty of sifting through the official Raspberry Pi forums to find information on where and how to get started with the Raspberry Pi. Because of this I got together with the owner of the YouTube channel RaspberryPiivbeginners and Dylan Segna and together we sought out to create an online community of absolute Raspberry Pi beginners to come to and have a wealth of information of how to get started with the Pi available to them.

No Picture Jesse Silver - Research Assistant, Center for the Development of Open Technology

ExocortexStudioJS, web based 3D content creation tool

No Picture John Breakey - CEO, Fivel Systems Inc

John Breakey is a serial entrepreneur in the Information Technology industry. John founded UNIS LUMIN Inc., a systems integration company that grew into a major, national player with 5 offices across Canada and $75m in revenue before he sold the company in 2011.

In 1998, John co founded 1nService, a convergence of 34 US / Canadian advanced technology companies with a head office in Seattle, with a mandate to provide clients with North American coverage. He served on the Board of 1nservice in various capacities including Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

In 2002 John formed a software company, Genuit, which developed PROMYS, the first comprehensive PSA/ERP software package to be based 100% on web technology and SAAS. The product is sold internationally.

In 2003 John bought controlling interest in NCS, a data/voice wiring company that provided fiber, wireless and traditional communications solutions to customers across Canada. The company grew from $1m in 2003 to $9m when he sold NCS in 2010.

In 2012 John founded Fivel Systems Corporation, an online learning company, that specializes in the effective adoption of technology we use everyday. The service is unique in that it combines the latest in multi-media, social media and learning management technologies. Companies can ensure that their employees optimize the productivity from technology investments.

Today, John oversees the growth of his companies, invests in emerging companies and serves as an advisor and consultant to growth companies. John is a regular speaker at industry trade shows and webinars, and frequently contributes topical articles for publication in trade journals.

John has served on the Board of a number of community and industry associations including:

• Past Chair of Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation
• Chair, 1nservice, an Association of technology integrators in North America
• Chair, Haltech, a Regional Innovation Centre for emerging companies
• Past President of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce
• Past Chair of the Oakville Economic Development Alliance (OEDA).
• Past Director of the Canadian Healthcare Information Technology Trade Association (CHITTA).
• Past Chair of ITAC Ont. (Information Technology Alliance of Canada) and Director of ITAC (Can)
• Past Chair of Innovators Alliance, an association of Ontario’s fastest growing companies
• Past Director, SuttonMed Technologies (professional sports EHR)

John resides in Oakville, Ontario.

Growing a business based on Open Source Software

Jon VanAlten - Associate Software Engineer, Red Hat

Jon VanAlten, an associate software engineer (preferred informal title: hacker) at Red Hat, works on Thermostat and drinks good beer.

Thermostat: Taking over the Java tooling world with Open Source Software

No Picture Julian Egelstaff - Co-Founder, Technical Architect, Freeform Solutions

Julian Egelstaff has been working in the software and IT industries for over 16 years. In 2003, he co-founded Freeform Solutions, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to help other not-for-profits use technology more effectively.

Julian is also the lead programmer of Formulize, an open source project designed to provide non-programmers with the ability to create database systems on the web.

Julian holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Philosophy, and is a Zend Certified Engineer.

Formulize: anatomy of an open source success story

No Picture Justin Robinson - Developer, Seneca College

Justin is a fifth-semester student of Computer Programming and Analysis in the Seneca School of Information and Communication Technology, who has worked for nine months with the Seneca Centre for Development of Open-Source Technology.

Accessible Applications

Ken Ono - VP, Innovation and Commercialization, NexJ Systems Inc.

As a Vice President at NexJ Systems Inc., Ken Ono is responsible for NexJ’s government and academic relations. He is a special technical and government relations advisor to the NexJ Health Solutions group. Through leading NexJ’s collaboration with the Canadian Association for People-Centred Health’s Academic Research Collaborative, Ken has helped incubate and lead over $30 million in collaborative research projects that advance people centred health. Ken is also responsible for leading NexJ’s reporting and analytics strategy.

Previously, Ken served as the CTO and co-founder of Angoss Software Corporation, where he was responsible for the development of industry-leading predictive analytic products and solutions which were deployed to dozens of leading financial services organizations. He is the holder of several reporting and analytics patents.

Growing a business based on Open Source Software

No Picture Lukas Berk - Software Engineer, Red Hat Inc.

I'm a former intern at Red Hat in 2010, coming back as a full time employee in 2012. My work has primarily focused on sytemtap, and I'm currently working on introducing and enhancing systemtap probe points in other projects such as OpenJDK and Thermostat.

Probing User Space and Java Virtual Machines with Systemtap 2.0

No Picture Masihul Abed - Student, Seneca

I am an avid enthusiast of using computer systems and technology to build digital relationships for educational institutions, businesses, organizations, educators and individuals. I also provide support in the field of computer studies at Seneca College in Toronto. I am actively involved in the Fedora ARM and Raspberry Pi project as part of Seneca's Open Source Initiative. Currently I am working on projects that enables 64-bit support for ARM based devices in Linux.

No Picture Mathew Schranz - Researcher, CDOT

CPA graduate, Popcorn.js and Popcorn Maker developer

Introduction to Popcorn Maker

Mekki MacAulay - PhD Candidate, Strategic Management, Schulich School of Business, York University

Mekki holds undergraduate degrees from Carleton University in Computer Systems Engineering, and Psychology, and a Master's degree in Technology Innovation Management. He is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng) in the province of Ontario. He is currently working on a PhD in Strategic Management at the Schulich School of business. His research interests focus on open business models; adoption of FLOSS tools and methods, FLOSS ecosystems, non-traditional value creation; quantifying; and, the relationship between identity and FLOSS community participation.

Mekki is the founder of OSStrategy.org, a strategic management consulting firm that helps companies improve their business models and strategic planning in a world that is embracing FLOSS tools and methods. Mekki was also the president and founder of MekTek Solutions, an IT services company based in Ottawa, ON that operated from 2002 to 2010.

Open entrepreneurship: The process of building a born-open business

No Picture Mike Habicher - Software Developer, Mozilla Corporation

Mike's career has taken him back and forth between the hardware and software realms over the years. Before working at Mozilla, Mike was responsible for the TCP/IP stack on RIM's GSM-based BlackBerrys, developed the VPN framework for the first multi-radio BlackBerry, and also dabbled in device drivers and POSIX support. Before that, he was responsible for battery charger and power supply design for the CDMA-based line of BlackBerrys.

Mike is currently working on plumbing camera support into the upcoming Firefox OS, and is enjoying no longer having to check with a legal department before discussing his work in public.

Firefox OS

No Picture Mike Hoye - , Bespoke I/O

Michael Hoye is an open-source entrepreneur, former sysadmin and longtime Mozilla community member whose current venture, Bespoke I/O, has built a suite of Firefox and Thunderbird customization and deployment tools for enterprise users.

Growing a business based on Open Source Software

No Picture Murray Saul - Full Time Professor, Seneca College

Murray Saul graduated with an Honours Degree in Economics from Queen’s University in 1986, and graduated with a Degree in Education (Adult Education) from Brock University in 1996. After graduating in 1986, Murray worked as a support analyst for Magstar Inc, assisting in the installation, training and support of large retail clients using NCR tower mini-computers running Unix System V.

Murray left Magstar Inc. to become an assistant controller for a large retail company responsible for the control and daily operation of that company’s Accounting Information System. He left industry in the early 1990s to pursue a career as a full-time college professor. He worked as a contract professor for Centennial, Humber, and Sheridan Colleges for a decade before becoming a full-time professor for Seneca college in 2000.

Over the past 20 years, Murray has taught over 40 unique courses including computer programming, accounting, economics, and management studies. Currently, He works for the School of Computer Studies at Seneca College teaching Bash Shell Scripting, C, C++, Javascript, and Perl programming as well as Linux administration courses. He also teaches a post-diploma course for the Bioinformatics program.

He is really interested in the Linux operating system, and the benefits that it provides to this planet. He is constantly discovering neat applications in Linux including LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project: Using thin clients to setup cost effective labs), open source gaming, multimedia (Ubuntu Studio including the following applications: Audacity, Jack Audio Server, Ardour, Ninjam, Cinelerra), DVR applications (Mythtv), as well as web development…

Recording Studio

Peter Chynoweth - Minister, Yellowknife United Church

I was on sabbatical from August 1 to November 30, 2012 from my position in pastoral ministry with the congregation of Yellowknife United Church. The topic I explored during the sabbatical is "The 'spirit' of Open Source", which is also the topic of the presentation I gave at FSOSS.

I have a degree in Computer Science (B. Math. (Honours Co-op Comp. Sci. 1977) from the University of Waterloo and a degree in theology (M. Div. (Honours) 1990) from St. Andrew's College, Saskatoon.
I have always been interested in the intersection of technology and theology - both at practical and philosophical levels, having experienced this as a creative tension in my life. I recently have come to a conclusion that involvement in the "open source" movement(?)/community(?)/wave(?) is in large part an answer to this creative tension.

I worked for nine years as a developer, technical support analyst and systems programmer in the 1970's and 1980's - leaving this career when computers could be taken home. Despite the change in vocations, computers have never been far from me, prompting one friend to describe me as a "cyborg - in the most positive way of understanding that description!"

Here is a link to my blog on this subject: opensourcespiritseeker.wordpress.com
Twitter handle: @pcchynoweth

The Spirit of Open Source

No Picture Rajith Attapattu - Sr. Software Engineer, Red Hat Inc.

I am a Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat, working primarily with the MRG messaging team. I am an avid open source enthusiast and spend most of my time working on Apache Qpid. I have also in the past, contributed to several Apache Projects including Apache Axis2, Apache Tuscany and Apache Synapse projects.

My recent focus has been on Building Scalable and Reliable Messaging Middleware, and I have been a part of the AMQP --- Advanced Message Queuing Protocol --- working group.

I have published several articles and spoken at several conferences and user groups, including ApacheCon, Colorado Software Summit, and Toronto JUG. My research interests are in improving Scalability and High Availability of Distributed Systems. I enjoy painting and playing cricket during my free time.

You can reach me at rajith@redhat.com

Getting started with AMQP 1.0 using Apache

No Picture Ralph Janke - Owner, CEO, Janke Consulting

Ralph Janke has more than 25 years of experience in software development and computer/telecommunications networks. Beside a Masters of Computer Sciences, he has also obtained a law degree and looks at the world of technology from both perspectives. Ralph has been involved in open source through various levels, in particular, by contributing to Ubuntu in several capacities including being a contact for the Ubuntu Canada LoCo and the German speaking Kubuntu community. Ralph has spoken at several Open Source Conferences, in particular at the Ontario Linuxfest and FSOSS in previous years.

Social Media/Social Businesses and Open Source

No Picture Raul Suarez - Development Consultant,

I've been developing software and breaking hardware for 28 years (24 of them professionally). I am a computer generalist that has worked in almost every area related to computer systems, with a special passion for hands-on software development and practices. I am currently a Systems Development Consultant for a large corporation, providing technical direction to remote teams both in Canada and India. I have been a FLOSS advocate since 2004 giving regular presentations at local events. In the past I've contributed to Puppy Linux in a truly distributed environment.
I am a current Toastmaster who enjoys sharing my thoughts in public.

Automating video editing with Open source

No Picture Rob Russell - IT Management , Fortune-50 global enterprises and startups

Rob Russell is a strong leader of people, with over a decade of experience as a builder of high-performance teams that get things done in IT for companies in the financial industry, and 5 years of prior experience architecting and delivering products to market for disruptive startups.

Open Source Careers

No Picture Serguei Makarov - Software Engineering Intern, Red Hat Inc.

I am an intern at Red Hat for the 2012-2013 term, working on SystemTap. My work thus far has focused on implementing various language frontend enhancements, and helping develop SystemTap support for the netfilter framework.

Probing User Space and Java Virtual Machines with Systemtap 2.0

No Picture Vincent Lee - Research Assistant, Center for the Development of Open Technology

Vince is a BSD student currently in his third year at Seneca College. He joined CDOT last winter doing QA work on Dragon Breeder and Turtlesback. In the following summer, he started work on ExocortexStudio.js and has continued to work on it.

ExocortexStudioJS, web based 3D content creation tool

No Picture Wayne Bryan - Professor, Seneca College

University of Waterloo graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computer Engineering (with a Management Sciences Option). Over 22 years of experience working for small-to-medium size organizations in positions that include software developer, senior consultant, and development engineer. Contract software development consulting is on-going.

Over 14 years experience teaching software development and computer interfacing including 11 years in the electronics and computer engineering technology program at Seneca College Newnham campus.

Interfacing Hardware using Android

Zak Greant - Catalyst, Magnolia Intl Ltd

Zak Greant has spent most of the last 20 years building little parts of the Net, from individual websites up to advising and helping manage the organizations that build key pieces of Internet technology and infrastructure. During this time, he has contributed to and worked with the PHP project, MySQL AB, the Mozilla Foundation, Wikipedia, the Free Software Foundation and the Open Source Initiative. Much of his work has centered on community development, copyright and licensing issues. Currently, he focuses on community development for Swiss Open Source CMS vendor, Magnolia International.

He has presented at over sixty Free Software, Open Source and technology events, and is an active a writer and editor, having served as primary author of two books and as technical editor on a few dozen more (including Mastering Regular Expressions (3rd ed.) by Jeffrey E. F. Friedl, Advanced PHP Programming by Georg Schlossnagle and MySQL (3rd Edition) by Paul DuBois.)

The Ecology of Free Software and Open Source