Keynote Speaker

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Robert Bradshaw

Autobiography

Robert Bradshaw is a software engineer at Google, working on tools for doing petabyte-scale data processing. He is also active in the open source community, leading the Cython project since it's inception and as a long-time contributor to the open source mathematics software Sage. He received a B.S. in Mathematics and Linguistics from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of Washington with William Stein studying questions related to the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture. Robert currently resides in Seattle, Washington with his wife Camille and their two sets of young twins.

Experiences

  • Software Engineer
    Google

Projects

  • Cython
  • Sage
  • Google Cloud Platform

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Steven G. Johnson

Autobiography

Steven G. Johnson is an associate professor of applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he previously received a Ph.D. in physics and B.S. degrees in physics, mathematics, and computer science. His research interests include scientific computing and both the analytical and computational study of nanophotonic media (such as photonic crystals and metamaterials) for both classical and quantum phenomena. He is the co-author of nearly 200 papers and three books. SGJ was the co-recipient of the 1999 J. H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software due to his work on the FFTW library, and has since then developed several popular free/open-source packages for technical computing, including MPB, Meep, and NLopt, as well as contributing to SciPy and other free software. He is active in the development of the new technical-computing language, Julia, and will introduce Julia at PyCon along with the ways in which Julia benefits from and interoperates with Python.

Experiences

  • Associate Professor
    Applied Mathematics, MIT

Projects

  • JuliaLang
  • SciPy

Van Lindberg

Autobiography

Van Lindberg has worked professionally as an engineer, as a lawyer, and as an executive. He currently has a dual legal/technical role at Rackspace, and has worked out of both the legal department and the Office of the CTO. In April 2012, the American Bar Association Journal named Van as one of "America's Top 12 Techiest Attorneys." He has been involved with open source since 1994, when a friend introduced him to Linux.

On the legal side, Van leads Rackspace's Intellectual Property program, directing Rackspace's strategy and policy around patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and open source matters. Van also heads Rackspace's lobbying efforts relative to patent reform.

On the technical side, Van runs Rackspace's technical leadership corps, known internally as the "TCT." Van also works in technical strategy and ecosystem engagement at Rackspace, identifying emerging technologies, separating out differentiating versus non-differentiating product elements, and using open source strategies to be more competitive.

Previously, Van worked at the law firm of Haynes and Boone, where he wrote "Intellectual Property and Open Source," published by O'Reilly and Associates, and grew an open source practice helping businesses with everything from open source compliance to business strategy.

In addition to Van's open source practice, he did IP transactional work, patent prosecution, litigation, and post-grant actions (ex parte and inter partes reexams/reviews).

Van currently serves as chairman of the board of the Python Software Foundation, on the board of the OpenStack Foundation, and as the chair of the Docker Governance Advisory Board.

Personal Sites

Experiences

  • VP and Associate General Counsel / VP Technology, Office of the CTO
    Rackspace, the Open Cloud Company

    On the legal side, I lead Rackspace's Intellectual Property program, directing our strategy and policy around patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and open source matters. I also head Rackspace's lobbying efforts relative to patent reform.

    On the technical side, I run Rackspace's elite technical corps, known internally as the "TCT." I also work in technical strategy and ecosystem engagement at Rackspace. I specialize in identifying emerging technologies, separating out differentiating versus non-differentiating product elements, and using open source strategies to be more competitive.

  • Member of the Board of Directors
    OpenStack

    The OpenStack Foundation manages the growing ecosystem around the OpenStack Cloud Computing system. I am a director of the Foundation.

  • Chairman
    Python Software Foundation

    The PSF is the foundation dedicated to growing and supporting the community around the Python programming language. I am a director of the PSF and chairman of the board

Andy Terrel

Autobiography

Andy is a computational scientist with experience implementing distributed, large data applications. In his research, he is known for creating novel algorithms to speed implementations of mathematical models on the world's largest supercomputers.

Andy received his Computer Science PhD at the University of Chicago in 2010. He has held research positions at Argonne National Lab, Sandia National Lab, Institute of Computational Engineering and Sciences at The University of Texas-Austin, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center. In industry, Andy served as lead developer at Kove, Inc. during its early stages, where he helped bring a record-breaking SAN disk array to market.

Andy is a passionate advocate for open source scientific codes. To this end, he is a board member of the NumFOCUS foundation and has been involved in the wider scientific Python community since 2006. Andy has contributed to numerous projects in the scientific stack and helps push for data to become a first class object for scientists worldwide.

Projects

  • Blaze
  • Conda
  • SymPy
  • SciPy
  • Elemental
  • FEniCS
  • PETSc

Personal Sites

Experiences

  • Chief Scientist, Continuum Analytics 2012 - 2014
  • Research Scientist, University of Texas 2010 - 2012
  • Scientific Software Developer, Enthought, 2011
  • PhD, Computer Science (Computational Mathematics), 2010

Kenneth Reitz

Autobiography

Kenneth Reitz is a versatile talent computer genius. Kenneth has a well-understood on Photography and has released many masterpieces on famous photo sharing platforms such as flickr and 500px. But most important, Kenneth is a grand Open Source software contributors who invents and leads many popular github projects. The most widely used one is Requests, a revolutionary package that allows tens of thousands Python Web Developers to develop Web services with human-friendly syntax instead of using the tedious , trivial urllib which Python standard library provides.

Despite Kenneth has a groundbreaking stride in Python Web Development, he is always a kind Python mentor for novice and expert Python developers. Under Kenneth's lead, the Github project "python-guide" has abundant resources helping many beginners to break the programming ice. On the other side, for the experts, Kenneth has established many great practices for writing good code, including project structuring, coding style, documentation and so on.

Kenneth embraces the elegant Architectures and APIs. Hence, Kenneth founded KennethReitz.com to provide Architecture solutions for numerous enterprises. In 2011, Kenneth joined the Heroku team for developing the best Python offering and playing a Heroku's voice in Python Community. Also, Kenneth is one of the fellows in Python Software Foundation.

Projects

  • Requests: HTTP for Humans
  • Certifi.io
  • Python-Guide.org
  • HTTPBin.org
  • Clint
  • OSX-GCC-Installer

Experiences

  • Python Overload
    Heroku

    Responsible for the technical design of Heroku's Python offering, as well as Heroku’s voice in the Python community.

  • Fellow
    Python Software Foundation
  • Architecture and Solutions Consultant
    KennethReitz.com

    Website development and consulting for Fortune 500 to local small businesses. Clients include: Rachael Ray Show, Kohl's, CareerBuilder, NoTreble.com, (c).

  • Blog Contributor
    Github

    I write The Github Reflog: a periodical of remarkable repos for the GitHub blog.

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Arnaud Bergeron

Autobiography

Arnaud is a long-time supporter of open-source who started with a modest patch to OpenBSD about keyboard encodings many years ago. He worked on Sage for a bit as well as submitting various small patches to a number of projects.

While doing some machine learning work for his masters he enjoyed working with GPUs so much that he switched his thesis to focus on using GPUs for computations. Soon after he finished his masters, he ended up working as one of the core developers on Theano dealing mostly with improving and expanding the current GPU support.

Experiences

Projects

  • Theano
  • libgpuarray