Mark Shuttleworth

Talk: Opening keynote

Mark is founder of Ubuntu and leads product design at Canonical.

Mark founded Thawte, an internet commerce security company in 1996 while studying finance and IT at the University of Cape Town. In 2000 he founded HBD, an investment company, and created the Shuttleworth Foundation to fund innovative leaders in society with a combination of fellowships and investments. In 2002 he flew to the International Space Station as a member of the crew of Soyuz mission TM34, after a year of training in Star City, Russia. After running a campaign to promote code, science and mathematics to aspiring astronauts and other ambitious types at schools in SA, he started work on Ubuntu. Today he lives on the lovely Mallards botanical garden in the Isle of Man, along with 18 ducks, the equally lovely Claire, two black bitches and the occasional itinerant sheep.

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph

Talk: Building a Career with Ubuntu and FOSS

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph is an Automation and Tools Engineer at HP working on the OpenStack Infrastructure team. She spent six years on the Ubuntu Community Council, has held various roles in the Ubuntu community and is the co-author of The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th Edition. At home in San Francisco, she sits on the Board of Directors for, a non-profit in the Bay Area providing Linux-based computers to schools in need..

John Lea

Talk: Designing for convergence

John has been designing and building user interfaces and leading teams for over 17 years, with key achievements including designing Europe’s first 3G rich mobile app for the BT Isle of Man 3G trial and leading UI dev for the Euro2000 football championship website which achieved the Guinness Book of Records record for most-visited event website in internet history.

For the last 6 years John has been at Canonical and has worked on the design of every version of Unity from the UNE release in Ubuntu 10:10 Maverick Meerkat to the converged Unity8 interface spanning Phone, Tablet and Desktop that is in development today. Currently Head of UX Delivery, he is responsible for overall design architecture of the Unity UI and for keeping the UX aligned and consistent across all areas of design and engineering.

Marco Ceppi

Talk: Writing your first Juju Charm

Marco Ceppi is a DevOps Engineer helping build the future of clouds. He's been managing deployments at scale for 10 years on both physical and virtual machines. An Ubuntu community member since 2011, an Ask Ubuntu moderator since 2010, he currently works on the Juju Solutions team as an Engineer for Canonical Ltd.

Jono Bacon

Talk: Ubuntu Redux

Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, engineering manager, consultant and author. He is Director of Community at GitHub and previously led community at Canonical and XPRIZE.

Bacon is a prominent author and speaker on community management and best practice, wrote the best-selling The Art of Community (O’Reilly), is the founder of the primary annual conference for community managers and leaders, the Community Leadership Summit, the Community Leadership Forum, and is a regular keynote speaker at events about community management, leadership, and best practice. He also co-founded the Bad Voltage, LugRadio, and Shot Of Jaq podcasts.

Bacon has provided community management consultancy for both internal and external communities for a range of organizations. This includes Samsung, Deutsche Bank, Intel, SAP, Sony Mobile, Open Compute Project, IBM, Dyson, Mozilla, National Finishing Contractors Association, AlienVault, and others.

Nathan Haines

Talk: The future of Ubuntu

Nathan Haines is an author, instructor, speaker, and computer consultant who fell in love with Ubuntu in 2005, and helped found the Ubuntu California Local Community Team to share that excitement with others. As a current leader of Ubuntu California and a member of the Ubuntu Local Community Council, he works to help others share Ubuntu worldwide.

When not working with computers, he's more than likely admiring the latest Nintendo hardware, wishing he had more time for retro console and PC gaming, and indulging in linguistic curiosity by studying German or dabbling in Old English or Tolkien's constructed Elvish languages. The queue of scifi and fantasy books on his Kindle is probably growing instead of shrinking, although sometimes camping trips help with that.

Manik Taneja

Talk: Internet of Things gets 'snappy' with Ubuntu Core

Manik Taneja is a Product Manager in the product strategy team at Canonical. He leads the strategic direction, product road map, and life cycle of Snappy Ubuntu Core. He has 8+ years of experience with Cloud and Data Center Infrastructure and leads the work in the IoT space within Canonical. Manik has previously held roles across Software Engineering, Technical Marketing and Product Management.

Sergio Schvezov

Talk: Internet of Things gets 'snappy' with Ubuntu Core

Sergio is part of the Ubuntu Core team at Canonical, he has been dedicating his time to all things Snappy, these days mostly focused on snapcraft and the developer experience around it. He has been previously been involved in the Ubuntu Phone effort as part of the Phone Foundations team working on the plumbing layers.

David Planella

Talk: The Ubuntu Phone and the road to convergence

David is the Ubuntu Community Team Manager at Canonical and has the privilege of leading a squad of highly talented Community Managers with a mission to bring free and accessible computing to the world.

Stuart Langridge

Talk: Beyond building Ubuntu phone apps

I do strategic thinking and synthesis: pulling together web, open source, and product design to make cool things. I can understand your business, and work with both management and the dev team. I provide advice and expertise. I do custom development for the web, mobile, and Ubuntu. I write code. I have a blog. I’ve written books. Read more about what I do.

Didier Roche

Talk: Ubuntu as a developer platform

Didier has been a long time Ubuntu contributor and a Free software advocate. After having used Linux for years and particularly Debian, he was an early adopter of this new Ubuntu distribution at the time and started to be involved as an activate member of the French community, writing user and admin oriented books, organizing events and giving talks. He then jumped to the more technical side and joined the great family of Ubuntu developers as a benevolent contributor.

For the last 6 years, he has been working as a Canonical employee, tech lead in the Ubuntu Desktop team, working on multiple projects: Ubuntu Netbook Edition, netbook-launcher, Unity, packaging GNOME… More recently, he started focussing on the developer experience on Ubuntu in leading the Ubuntu Make project.

Jorge Castro

Talk: Gaming on Ubuntu

Jorge O. Castro currently works on the Juju Ecosystem Team as Cloud Community Liaison for Canonical Ltd, sponsors of the Ubuntu project. He’s been using Linux since 1998, and his current passion is Juju, the new cloud orchestration tool from Canonical.

Jorge works with some of the coolest people in the world building Free Software.

Having graduated with a degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and riding with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment for four years, got into technology at SAIC and then moved to system administration at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

He now resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his lovely wife Jill, and their two beagles, Oscar and Luna.

Hobbies and interests include heavy metal, paleontology, vermiculture, technology, and scouting out the best beers in the world.


Barton George

Talk: The Sputnik story: Innovation at a large company -- a possibility or an oxymoron?

I am a Senior Technologist in the office of CTO, focusing on Dell’s efforts in the DevOps space as well as the open source community. I am also the founder and lead of Project Sputnik, an Ubuntu-based laptop for developers, now in its fourth generation.

Besides working with developers, customers, analysts and press I do a fair amount of blogging and tweeting (you can follow me on twitter at barton808 and you know where my blog is). I joined Dell in ’09 as Dell’s cloud computing evangelist.

Prior to Dell I spent 13 years at Sun Microsystems in a variety of roles from manufacturing to product and corporate marketing.  My last three years there I spent as an Open Source evangelistavid blogger, and driver of Sun’s GNU/Linux strategy and relationships.

Before Sun, I spent a year at Johnson & Johnson consumer productsmarketing dental floss (remember, you don’t have to floss them all, just the ones you want to keep).  New Jersey winters got the better of me and after the 16th snow storm in one year (literally) I left J&J and relocated to San Francisco.

I began my professional career out of college with a four year stint in Tokyo where I worked for Sony working with ISVs for their UNIX-based “NEWS” workstation.

Scarlett Clark

Talk: Kubuntu development

 Just a girl with a passion. Actively contributing to Kubuntu as a developer, KDE as DevOps and sysadmin, and a member of the Ubuntu Community Council.

Richard Gaskin

Talk: Ubuntu Community Q&A

Richard Gaskin is the owner of Fourth World Systems, a software design and development consultancy in Los Angeles. Since founding the company in 1994, he's developed dozens of commercial and open source applications used by a wide range of organizations, including FedEx, AOL, the US Library of Congress, and thousands of hospitals and universities around the world.

Although he started his career with Mac OS, Richard has since delivered applications for Irix, every version of Windows, and has been developing for Linux for the last two years.

Richard has spoken at dozens of tech conferences, including SCaLE, LiveCode Developer Conference, and MacTech where he had the distinction of being the only presenter using Ubuntu.

Michael Hall

Talk: Ubuntu convergence demo

Michael Hall is an open source software developer, community manager and technology evangelist. He has extensive experience in developing desktop and web-based software in a large variety of languages and frameworks, and contributes to a number of open source projects and communities. He currently works for Canonical, maker of the popular Ubuntu operating system, as a community manager and developer advocate.

When Ubuntu announced their plans to enter the mobile phone and tablet market, and released an early preview of their SDK, Michael took a leading role in bringing it to application developers, and working with Ubuntu engineers to extend and improve on the developer toolkit. He has overseen the collaborative development of a number of core applications for Ubuntu’s mobile offering, bringing community developers together with Canonical staff to plan, develop and deliver high quality, visually stunning apps.

Sujeevan Vijayakumaran

Talk: Labdoo: Ubuntu for your old used notebook in developing countries

Sujeevan Vijayakumaran is a student from Germany. As a long time participant in the Ubuntu Community, he is part of the team who organizes UbuCon DE, the biggest Ubuntu event in Germany.

Alan Pope

Talk: UbuCon unconference introduction

Alan has been a user of Ubuntu and active contributor to the project since 2006. He's held numerous leadership positions within the Ubuntu project and more recently started working for Canonical on Ubuntu Phone software. He's recently worked in supporting new users, reviewing code, testing applications and mentoring new users and developers. Alan likes cats.