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Keynote Speaker - Bob Young

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Bob Young

The LCA 2015 team are honoured to announce our third Keynote speaker - Bob Young, founder and chairman of Lulu.com, co-founder of Red Hat and the Center for Public Domain.

Bob's presentation is scheduled for 09:00 am Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Bob Young is the founder and chairman of Lulu.com, a premiere international marketplace for new digital content on the Internet, with more than 300,000 recently published titles and more than 15,000 new creators from 80 different countries joining each week.

Lulu.com, founded in 2002, is Young's most recent endeavour. The success of this company has earned Young notable recognition; he was named one of the "Top 50 Agenda-Setters in the Technology Industry in 2006" and was ranked as the fourth "Top Entrepreneur for 2006," both by Silicon.com.

In 1993, Young co-founded Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the open-source software company that gives hardware and software vendors a standard platform on which to certify their technology. Red Hat is a Fortune 500 company and chief rival to Microsoft. His success at Red Hat won him industry accolades, including nomination as one of Business Week's "Top Entrepreneurs" in 1999

Before founding Red Hat, Young spent 20 years at the helm of two computer-leasing companies that he founded. His experiences as a high tech entrepreneur combined with his innate marketing savvy led to Red Hat's success. His book, "Under the Radar", chronicles how Red Hat's open source strategy successfully won wide industry acceptance in a market previously dominated by proprietary binary-only systems. Young has also imparted the lessons learned from his entrepreneurial experiences through his contributions to the books to "You've GOT to Read This Book!" and "Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul."

In 2000, Young co-founded the Center for Public Domain, a non-profit foundation created to bolster healthy conversation of intellectual property, patent and copyright law, and the management of the public domain for the common good. Grant recipients included the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Creative Commons, the Free Software Foundation, and the Future of Music Coalition.

In addition to enjoying fly fishing, Young collects calculators and antique typewriters, a nod to his beginnings as a typewriter salesman and can usually be found sporting a pair of red socks. However, instead of red on his head, Young now tips his orange hat.

The LCA 2015 Auckland Team

Speaker Feature: Florian Forster, Ian Romanick, Jean-Baptiste Kempf

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Florian Forster

Florian Forster

collectd in dynamic environments

2:15pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Florian started his first free software project in 2001 and has been active in the open source community ever since. In 2005 he started the collectd project and is still one of the project maintainers. His interests lie mainly with low-level backends and infrastructure services, though he has contributed to various window managers over the years. In his day job, he is a Site Reliability Engineer at Google.

For more information on Florian and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @flocto and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Ian Romanick

Ian Romanick

Reducing GLSL Compiler Memory Usage (or Fitting 5kg of Potatoes in a 2kg Bag)

11:35am Thursday 15th January 2015

Ian Romanick is the software architect for Intel's open-source OpenGL driver, and is currently Intel’s representative to the Khronos Board. Since 2001 he has been dedicated to OpenGL on Linux. He has been doing graphics programming for 23 years, having released his first Amiga demo in 1991. Ian holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Portland State University, and is just about finished with a Masters program there. He previoulsy taught graphics programming in the Visual and Game Programming department at the Art Institute of Portland for 7 years.

For more information on Ian and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @IanRomanick and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Jean-Baptiste Kempf

Jean-Baptiste Kempf

VideoLAN and VLC

2:15pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Jean-Baptiste Kempf is the president of the VideoLAN non-profit organization and one of the lead developers of the open source VLC media player.

Jean-Baptiste is a 31-year old French engineer and has been part of the VideoLAN community since 2005. Since then, Jean-Baptiste has worked or lead most VideoLAN related projects, including VLC for desktop, the relicensing of libVLC, the ports to mobile operating systems, and various multimedia libraries like libdvdcss or libbluray.

Jean-Baptiste has also been working in various video-related startups, and founded VideoLabs, a company focusing on open source multimedia technologies.Jean-Baptiste is the president of the VideoLAN non-profit organization and one of the lead developers of the open source VLC media player.

For more information on Jean-Baptiste and his presentation, see here.


Speaker Feature: Diego Biurrun, Douglas Bagnall, Eric Anholt

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Diego Biurrun

Diego Biurrun

All your multimedia are belong to us

10:40am Friday 16th January 2015

Diego would surely have finished his CS degree earlier if it were not for his FOSS enthusiasm. He has worked on FOSS multimedia in the form of MPlayer and FFmpeg (now Libav) for more than a decade, filling roles that included documentation, hacking, server administration, code refactoring, license compliance, and whatever odd jobs happened to be in need of doing.

Over the years mostly system administration paid Diego's bills, but he has high hopes that consulting will replace that in the future. To get away from the keyboard, he likes to engage in all manner of sports, mingle with people, work weekend bar shifts, and shorten his queue of unread books.

Diego was born in Argentina, but grew up and lives in Germany, making him binational as well as bilingual. He has been a fan of the Argentinian football team ever since watching his first world cup alongside his grandma and suffers horribly at their defeats.

For more information on Diego and his presentation, see here.


Douglas Bagnall

Douglas Bagnall

Some things you can do with a recurrent neural network

10:40am Friday 16th January 2015

Douglas Bagnall is a programmer and artist, mostly working in the fields of generative art and machine learning. Recently he has been using recurrent neural networks to generate video (as art) and classify audio (as science).

For more information on Douglas and his presentation, see here.


Eric Anholt

Eric Anholt

Open-source OpenGL on the Raspberry Pi

11:35am Friday 16th January 2015

Eric Anholt is a Mesa and Linux kernel developer. He spent 8 years working on the Intel integrated graphics drivers, and is now excited to be working on the Raspberry Pi for Broadcom.

For more information on Eric and his presentation, see here.

Keynote Session - Q&A with Linus Torvalds

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Linus Torvalds

Way, way back in 2003, at LCA in Perth, there was a Q&A session with Linus Torvalds, Bdale Garbee and Andrew Tridgell. It’s time for a follow-up so at LCA 2015 in Auckland it’s going to happen!

The Q&A session is scheduled for 09:00 am Friday, 16 January 2015 and will be moderated by Bdale Garbee with the assistance of Andrew Tridgell.

Helsinki-born Linus, who simply calls himself a Software Engineer, was the principal force behind developing the Linux kernel. It all started from an initial usenet posting in August of 1991 and made what has proved to be a historic debut with the release of version 1.0 on March 14 1994.

In June 2003 Linus started working for Open Source Development Labs. After merging with the Free Standards Group it became the Linux Foundation where Linus continues to work as the project’s coordinator and is Chief Architect of the Linux kernel.

In 2005, after criticism for his use and alleged advocacy of BitKeeper, proprietary software for version-control in the Linux kernel, Linus wrote a free-software replacement for BitKeeper called GIT which is now the most widely-adopted version-control system for software development.

Linus is an accomplished diver and in 2011, frustrated with the lack of decent divelog software on Linux, he developed Subsurface (http://subsurface-divelog.org/) an Open Source divelog program that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

We know that there are a number of beautiful diving spots not too far from Auckland...

The LCA 2015 Auckland team would like to thank the Linux Foundation for their assistance in making this possible.

Traditional LCA events, with some important changes...

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Speakers' dinner at the Floating Pavilion, Tuesday, 13 January from 6.30pm.

The speakers' dinner is our opportunity to thank all of our wonderful speakers for their part in making this such a wonderful conference. The Floating Pavillion, sitting right on Auckland's world-famous Viaduct Harbour has a wrap-around covered deck from which you can view our beautiful Auckland sunset while listening to a young local band and mingling with your fellow speakers.

Floating Pavilion

Penguin Dinner at MOTAT, Wednesday, 14th January from 6pm.

This year the steam-punk themed Penguin dinner will be held at Auckland’s MOTAT (Auckland's Museum Of Transport And Technology). With its traction engines, Victorian village, trams and trains makes it so easy to imagine Jules Verne or HG Wells wandering around creating their stories of futuristic wonder!

If getting dressed up in Victoriana or Steapmunk is your thing then this is the place! We’d love it if you’d like to dress in costume and show off your gadgets for the occasion, the more quirky and fantastical the better! It adds a certain air to the evening, however it is not mandatory.

MOTAT is a local favourite equipped with great facilities in a unique location, so we can be sure of a night to remember!

MOTAT

Professional Delegates Networking Session (PDNS) at Sweat Shop, Thursday, 15 January from 6.30pm.

The PDNS is being held at the newly-renovated Sweat Shop - a micro brewery with a philosophy around championing its staff - claiming to be Auckland’s hardest working bar. This destination mega-venue boasts one of Auckland’s largest outdoor decks and garden bar that really sings in the summer.

For the PDNS LCA 2015 will be taking over the venue for the whole night, so we will open the bar to all of our delegates after 8.30pm. UPDNS welcome!

Sweat Shop

Please see our Events Page for more information.

Happy New Year 2015

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The team at LCA 2015 would like to wish all of our friends in the FOSS community a Happy New Year for 2015 and safe travels to New Zealand!

(Tickets for LCA 2015 are still available - we can't wait to see you!)

Tux

Speaker Feature: Timothy Terriberry, Tomas Miljenovic, Alexey Kardashevskiy, Vik Olliver

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Timothy Terriberry

Timothy Terriberry

The Daala Video Codec Project

2:15pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Dr. Timothy B. Terriberry has volunteered for the Xiph.Org Foundationa nonprofit organization that develops free, open multimedia protocols and softwaresince 2002, and has worked for the Mozilla Corporation in various capacities since 2008. In addition to running the Daala project, he was the lead developer of the Theora video codec, one of the developers of the Opus audio codec, and has helped maintain most of Xiph's other codecs. Timothy received dual B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Tech in 1999 and 2001, respectively, in both Mathematics and Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Carlina at Chapel Hill in 2006.

For more information on Timothy and his presentation, see here.


Tomas Miljenovic

Tomas Miljenovic

Crossplatform development in QML

10:40am Friday 16th January 2015

Tomas is a freelance scientific programmer and mobile application developer with a keen interest in open and portable scientific software. With the rise of functional and declarative programming in both the scientific and embedded space, he has worked to transition groups to easyentry yet fullfeatured open platforms for their frontend, data manipulation and visualisation needs.

For more information on Tomas and his/her presentation, see here.


Alexey Kardashevskiy

Alexey Kardashevskiy

VIFOVirtual fabric IO a.k.a. PCI passthrough.

10:40am Thursday 15th January 2015

Alexey Kardashevskiy, linux kernel engineer in IBM Australia/Ozlabs team since 08/2010. Area of focus PowerKVM, QEMU on POWERPC, VFIO on POWER. IBM Australia, LTC, Ozlabs team since 2010 on KVMonPOWER, specifically on QEMU (sPAPR machine support) and VFIO (adapt originally developed for x86 driver to work on POWER7/8); 20072010 IBM Russia, STG, developed SAS/Ethernet drivers for CellBE blade system firmware (known as SLOF); 20052007 Emcraft systems, reference design for microcontrollerbased IPMI firmware; before 2005 Windows (win api, network, GUI, OLE2, DirectShow).

Application development (win32, linux, c++, java), firmware development (linuxppc64/ mips/arm, atmega, h8), networks (from ethernet to http), multimedia, linux kernel, powerpc, ppc64, qemu, kvm.

For more information on Alexey and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @kardashevskiy and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Vik Olliver

Vik Olliver

Hacking 3D printers

2:15pm Friday 16th January 2015

Vik Olliver is a longhair Open enthusiast who does actually make a living out of Open hardware. He is best know for his work in the RepRap 3D printer core team but enjoys diddling with all manner of Open projects, from Alcohol to Zeroemission transport.

He spends a lot of his time expounding the virtues of Open to the world, and encouraging local groups to collaborate in an ethical manner. He has a Green philosophy but eats meat and doesn't do any of the airyfairy crystal wavey stuff.

With his wife Suz, daughter Tamara, and a few lesser mortals he runs a factory and open workshop in Henderson. This notionally produces Open 3D printers and printer filament, but in practice gets used as a brewery, metal foundry, CNC emporium, hydroponic garden and zombie apocalypse refuge. LCA delegates are welcome to drop by.

He also raises a pride of arrogant cats.

For more information on Vik and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @VikOlliver and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.

Speaker Feature: Peter Gutmann, Rusty Russell, Tim Potter

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Peter Gutmann

Peter Gutmann

Crypto Won't Save You Either

2:15pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Peter Gutmann is a researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland working on design and analysis of cryptographic security architectures and security usability. He helped write the popular PGP encryption package, has authored a number of papers and RFC's on security and encryption, and is the author of the open source cryptlib security toolkit and an upcoming book on security engineering. In his spare time he pokes holes in whatever security systems and mechanisms catch his attention and grumbles about the lack of consideration of human factors in designing security systems.

For more information on Peter and his presentation, see here.


Rusty Russell

Rusty Russell

Pettycoin: towards 1.0

11:35am Friday 16th January 2015

Rusty Russell has been developing Free Software full time since 1998. He's founded various projects over those years: ipchains, iptables, moduleinittools, ccan, lguest, nfsim, ntdb and pettycoin. And he's hacked on many other people's projects, mainly in C. He has two delightful children and one delightful wife.

For more information on Rusty and his presentation, see here.


Tim Potter

Tim Potter

OpenStack for nondevelopers

10:40am Thursday 15th January 2015

Tim is a longtime systems and Unix programmer currently working for HP in Canberra, Australia. He was instrumental in creating and launching the world's largest OpenStackbased public cloud from a pile of machines in a research lab to something customers actually paid money to use.

Tim has made many contributions to various Open Source projects over the years, including Samba, Wireshark, OpenPegasus and SBLIM.

For more information on Tim and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @timothypotter and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.

Speaker Feature: Monty Taylor, Nathan Willis, Pia Waugh

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Monty Taylor

Monty Taylor

NoOps with Ansible and Puppet

3:40pm Friday 16th January 2015

Monty is a long time Free Software Hacker. He is founder and currently a core team member of the OpenStack Infrastructure program which runs OpenStack's massively scalable dev/test and CI system in a fully Open Source and NoOps manner. You should never let him name projects, because if you do, you'll end up with something like "jeepyb" or "TripleO". Before OpenStack he was a MySQL consultant and a core dev on the Drizzle fork of MySQL. Monty has a degree in Theatre, lights shows in Seattle, Austin and New York, and is an Associate Artist with Seattle's Satori Group. He's also a Distinguished Technologist at HP.

For more information on Monty and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @e_monty and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Nathan Willis

Nathan Willis

The Free Ride: How to RoadTest Automotive Linux on Your Own

1:20pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

By day Nathan Willis works as an editor at the Linux and opensource news site LWN.net. He is also an open typeface designer, contributor to the Open Font Library, and coauthor of the book Design With FontForge ... mostly at night. In the past he has spoken at linux.conf.au, Linux Plumbers Conference, the Automotive Linux Summit, SCALE, GUADEC, and Libre Graphics Meeting.

For more information on Nate and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @n8willis and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Pia Waugh

Pia Waugh

Government as an API: open {data|source|standards}

1:20pm Friday 16th January 2015

Pia is an open data, open source and open culture ninja. She has worked in industry, community organisations, government and spends her time, as does any good sysdamin, trying to figure out all the moving parts around her and how to tweak the config files.

http://pipka.org/standard-bio.

For more information on Pia and her presentation, see here.

You can follow her as @piawaugh and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.

Merry Christmas from the LCA 2015 team

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The team at LCA 2015 would like to wish all of our friends in the FOSS community a safe Christmas and happy Holidays

(Tickets for LCA 2015 are still available - we can't wait to see you!)

Tux

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