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Andrew Back 9600
Andrew is an artist, electronics hacker and open source advocate. He acted as BT's Open Source Strategist, establishing company-wide open source policy and process and representing them at a number of bodies including The Linux Foundation and ATIS. Andrew co-founded the Electron Club in 2006 — one of the UK's first hackerspaces, and founded and runs OSHUG, a monthly open source hardware meet-up in and around London, UK.
Paul Downey psd
Paul is a doodler, a maker and a veteran communications software developer. He has been hacking embedded systems since the late 1970s. Formerly BT's Chief Web Services Architect, and lead W3C representative, he was until recently a member of Osmosoft — a small team building open source Web collaboration systems. Paul compères OSHUG, a monthly open source hardware meet-up in and around London, UK.
Andrew is a lawyer and technology partner at Moorcrofts LLP. He advises on clients open source software and hardware licensing and is a founder editor of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review. He is also a visiting lecturer at Queen Mary College, University of London. He's a keen maker, although the project he is most proud of is one he designed and built himself when he was 17: the K80Z - a Z80-based computer with 1K of RAM on a modified SS50 bus using a hacked version of the NASCOM 2 BIOS. Nominally rated at a clock speed of 4MHz, it ran most successfully at about 2Hz.
Joe Halliwell joe
Joe is an artificial intelligence researcher turned entrepreneur and co-founder of Winterwell Associates, a mathematics and AI consultancy. Joe studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Oxford University, and has a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. He's keen on open source software, short stories and big data.
James Governor is co-founder of RedMonk, the open source analyst firm, which specialises in developer advocacy. He advises enterprises, early stage startups and major companies such as IBM and Microsoft on developer-led innovation, community and technology strategy. He is particularly proud to have open source organisations such as the ASF and the Eclipse Foundation as clients. James is co-author of the O'Reilly book Web 2.0 Design Patterns: what architects and entrepreneurs need to know. RedMonk makes extensive of social media tools in its business operations - James, aka @monkchips, has more than 11k twitter followers. Chairman of SAP's external panel for stakeholder assurance in Sustainability Strategy and Reporting for 2009 he led the creation of the Greenmonk sustainability subsidiary.
Jonathan is an entrepreneur, blogger, advisor and technology consultant with a strong interest in open source hardware and open business models. He has set up numerous companies across areas as diverse as musical accessories, table football, and crowd-funding.
Shane Coughlan shane
Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication methods and business development. He is best known for building bridges between commercial and non-commercial stakeholders in the technology sector. His professional accomplishments include establishing a legal department for the main NGO promoting Free Software in Europe, building a professional network of over 270 legal counsel and technical experts across 4 continents. Shane has extensive knowledge of Internet technologies, management best practice, community building and Free/Open Source Software. He does business in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and maintains a broad network of contacts.
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