The following speakers presented talks at the BelFOSS 2016 event:
Simon is a Principal Solution Architect at Red Hat with over 15 years experience in the platform and infrastructure technology space. Currently focused on helping customers drive innovation within their businesses with Open source technology adoption.
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Babis is a PhD student at Queen’s University Belfast in the High Performance and Distributed Computing (HPDC) cluster. He’s a FOSS enthusiast, member of FOSS groups in Greece and other open source projects.
Favoured Distributions: Debian, Arch Linux
Ann Marie Conwell
Ann Marie has been a UNIX System Administrator with Allstate Northern Ireland since 2009. Currently working in the UNIX Lifecycle team Ann Marie is responsible for patching and maintaining the Allstate Linux Environment. Since 2012 Ann Marie has been using Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). RHEL and Red Hat Satellite are open source products which are derived from the upstream communities Fedora and Spacewalk, Ann Marie also uses Puppet for configuration management.
Favoured Distribution: Mostly Ubuntu at the minute.
Martin is UK/Ireland Managing Director with Red Hat.
Paul has been working at Allstate Northern Ireland for over 13 years, his background includes .Net and C# programming and web development. Until recently Paul worked as a System Analyst and technical lead for Allstate’s ongoing rollout of DevOps tools & infrastructure. But with a strong focus on Open-Source applications used for Continuous Integration & Continuous Delivery pipelines, Paul is now a Software Tools Engineer. Paul’s Slides
Jonathan is a recovering technologist, currently studying a law degree at Queen’s. He has previously spent more years than he cares to remember developing software for companies such as Cisco, Aviva and HP. Having become a Debian Developer in 2000 while running an ISP extensively using the distribution, he remains an active member of the project.
Favoured Distribution: Debian (obviously)
Social: LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog
Jonny has worked in Queen’s University Belfast for almost 10 years as a systems engineer, programmer and web developer. He has built many systems while at QUB utilising FOSS technologies. Jonny is a certified Linux Professional with LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 accreditations.
Favoured Distribution: Linux Mint with Cinnamon
Social: LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog
Andy works for the Cloud BU in Hewlett Packard Enterprise, focusing on automating bare-metal installs of HP’s OpenStack distribution using Ansible. In his spare time he mentors a CodeClub at his local primary school and also a CoderDojo in Ballymena. His ambition is to install OpenStack on a cluster of Raspberry Pi.
Social: Twitter, LinkedIn
Dr Suzanne McLaughlin
Suzanne is the Open Data Programme Manager at Digital Transformation Service in the Department of Finance & Personnel. She previously worked in Land & Property Services and was responsible for the development of the Spatial NI portal. She is quite passionate about all things data and has a PhD from UUC relating to GI and coastal vulnerability.
Andrew is a UNIX System Administrator at Allstate and has been working here for 8 years. His main experience is with Solaris OS however in the past few years Andrew has moved to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) patching and maintaining servers. Andrew also uses Red Hat Satellite and Puppet for configuration drift management.
Jonny has worked at Puppet Labs over the past year on the supported modules team. As well as exposure to many OSS projects at Puppet, he has experience with server infrastructure hosting using different virtualisation tools while running his own part-time business. Prior to Puppet, Jonny worked at Asidua, creating embedded software stacks for hardware devices using C.
Phil has used a wide range of open source software in academia and industry, researching floating structures in the Antarctic and simulating problems in bioengineering. He is a web developer and mathematician, and is particularly focused on international open source contracting.
Favoured Distribution: Ubuntu with Gnome
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