Opening keynote (Day 2)
A contributor to the free software community since 1979, Bdale's background also includes many years of hardware design, Unix internals, and embedded systems work. He was an early participant in the Debian Project, helped port Debian GNU/Linux to five architectures, served as Debian Project leader, served as chairman of the Debian Technical Committee for nearly a decade, and remains active in the Debian community.
Altus Metrum, LLC, is a small business Bdale founded with Keith Packard that designs, builds, and sells completely free hardware and free software avionics solutions for use in high-powered model rockets.
For a decade, Bdale served as president of Software in the Public Interest. He served nearly as long on the board of directors of the Linux Foundation, representing individual affiliates and the developer community. Bdale currently serves on the boards of the FreedomBox Foundation, Linux Professional Institute, and Aleph Objects. He is also a member of the Evaluations Committee at the Software Freedom Conservancy, and continues to speak at GNU/Linux and free software conferences from time to time.
In 2008, Bdale became the first individual recipient of a Lutèce d'Or award from the Fédération Nationale de l'Industrie du Logiciel Libre in France.
Bdale engages in a wide variety of personal activities. In addition to high-powered model rocketry and home shop machining, he is widely known for his contributions to the amateur radio hobby, including packet radio, weak-signal communications, software-defined radio, and building amateur satellites.
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Opening keynote (Day 1)
Tarek Loubani is an emergency physician who works in the London Health Sciences Center in Canada and Al Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip. He is also a fellow of the Shuttleworth Foundation, where he focuses on free medical devices. Loubani's work involves gaining self-sufficiency and local independence for medical systems such as Gaza's through the use of free techniques.
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Closing keynote (Day 2)
Micky is a member of the Agaric Design Collective in Boston, a tech co-op in the “free software for community building” movement, using tools like VOIP, Drupal, and GNU/Linux. She is a liaison between the US Solidarity Economy Network (SEN) -- devoted to ongoing dialogue on building the network -- and the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), the national grassroots organization of 4,000 US worker-owners “building power with national and international partners to advance an agenda for economic justice rooted in community-based, shared ownership.” Agaric’s five Web developers on three continents build applications online, offer international webinars, and host local meetings working with organizations such as Ujima Boston, Resource Generation, CommonGood, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives, to raise awareness of cooperative business models and local opportunities.
As a member of the MayFirst.org leadership committee, Micky works with technical activists to connect people with the information and tools they need to move from being a global network to being a global movement based on solidarity, the needs of a workers’ economy, free software tools that protect our freedoms, and tools for live-conferencing that are adapted so workforces can communicate in native languages from afar. Her four topic areas all converge in her presentations: community building, industry organizing, free software liberation, and cooperative development.
Micky is a member of Drupal, a community based on free software, and she writes about her experience as a contributing author in Ours to Hack and to Own. The book is known as the handbook for the Platform Cooperativism Movement, which was started at the New School in New York City by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider. It is now among the top tech books of 2017 listed by Wired magazine. Micky lives in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Photo courtesy of Micky Metts (copyright © 2018, CC0 1.0).
Richard Stallman founded the free software movement in 1983 when he announced he would develop the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to consist entirely of free software. He has been the GNU Project's leader ever since. In October 1985 he started the Free Software Foundation.
Since the mid-1990s, Richard Stallman, also known as RMS, has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, and spreading the ethical ideas of the movement, as well as campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws. Before that, Stallman developed a number of widely used programs that are components of GNU, including the original Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU symbolic debugger (gdb), GNU Emacs, and various others.
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