Thomas S Hatch
Tom is the creator and principal architect of SaltStack. His years of experience as principle cloud architect for Beyond Oblivion, software engineer for Applied Signal Technology, and systems admin for Backcountry.com provided real-world insight into requirements of the modern data center not met by existing tools. Tom’s knowledge and hands-on experience with dozens of new and old infrastructure management technologies helped to established the vision for Salt. Today, Tom is one of the most active contributors in the open-source community. For his work on Salt, in 2012 Tom received the Black Duck “Rookie of the Year” award and was named to the GitHub Octoverse list in both 2012 and 2013 for leading a project with the highest number of unique contributors, rubbing shoulders with projects from Android, Mozilla and OpenStack.
Elliot is an activist at EFF, focusing on patent law, open access, and copyright reform. He’s interested in ways that IP law can accelerate innovation rather than hinder it.
Before coming to EFF, Elliot served as director of communications at Creative Commons, an organization that helps creators share their works via open copyright licenses. Before that, he worked as a writer and curator for TechSoup, a technology resource for the nonprofit community. Outside of work, he writes and occasionally performs poetry. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and a Master’s in writing from the California College of the Arts.
Jeff Beatty is the Head of Localization at Mozilla, the makers of the popular open source web browser, Firefox. He holds a MSc in Multilingual Computing and Localisation from the University of Limerick. Jeff has also been featured as a community-driven localization expert in prominent global publications, such as The Economist, El Universal, Multilingual Magazine and others. Jeff directs the Mozilla community’s Firefox desktop, Firefox for Android, and Firefox for iOS localization efforts, as well as resolves issues within the collaborative translation process through mentorship, tooling, and automation. Jeff aims to showcase Mozilla’s localization program, create disruptive, open source translation technology, and serve as intermediary between Mozilla, its community, and the localization industry.
In addition to his position with Mozilla, Jeff teaches a course on translation technology at BYU, was the founder of the Mozilla Utah community, and has sat on technology and advisory councils for Translators Without Borders and Translation Commons.
Josh Simmons is a community organizer and web developer with a penchant for armchair philosophy. He currently serves as a board member for the Open Source Initiative, is a program manager at Google’s Open Source Programs Office, and is community manager emeritus for O’Reilly’s OSCON. Josh has worked in freelance, agency, startup, and companies large and small accumulating a lot of experience… which might be related to why his most popular talk is titled “Fail Well.”