CEO, Digital Strategist, Speaker, STEM Advocate & Founder Women Tech Council
Cydni is a technology exec, digital strategist and speaker. She is CEO of ForgeDX a digital experience platform company. Prior to that she was CEO and founder of venture-backed 3DplusMe, a 3D printing personalization software platform, that was acquired.
She spent 4 years at Disney as an Entrepreneur in Residence in Imagineering driving technology commercialization across Theme Parks, ESPN, ABC and Interactive. She is faculty for the Goldman Sachs 10k program and Babson Exec Ed and founder & President of the Women Tech Council.
Prior to Disney she was COO and CMO at technology companies that were acquired by Ancestry, Proofpoint & FAST. She has built technology & digital experiences used by the world’s largest brands, retailers and companies including Disney, Microsoft, ProofPoint, Ancestry, Marvel, Star Wars, Facebook, MLB, MLS, Warner Brothers, NFL, Disney Stores, Target and Walmart. Cydni holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in computer science from Brigham Young University.
VM (Vicky) Brasseur
Open Source Business Strategy Consultant
VM (ak Vicky) leverages nearly 30 years of FOSS experience and a strong management and business background to advise companies about free/open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them.
She is the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, which details how to contribute to open source projects. It’s published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is available at https://fossforge.com.
Vicky is the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016), is a moderator and author for opensource.com and a frequent speaker at FOSS events, and blogs at http://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com.
Director of Open Source Engineering, SaltStack
Mike Place has a twenty-five-year career in and around open-source in just about every way imaginable. Currently, he is the Principal Maintainer of the SaltStack project — one of the largest and most active Python-based open-source projects in the world. When he’s not hacking on code or wrangling developers, he travels the world speaking about DevOps and infrastructure automation. Additionally, he is the Mentorship Director and one of the founding board members of ZimboPy, which offers free classes in Python-based software development to young women in Zimbabwe. In his spare time, he enjoys literature, poetry, and robots.
Chief Security Officer, Purism, SPC
Kyle Rankin is the Chief Security Officer at Purism and a Tech Editor and columnist at Linux Journal.
He is the author of Linux Hardening in Hostile Networks, DevOps Troubleshooting, The Official Ubuntu Server Book, Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks and Ubuntu Hacks, and also a contributor to a number of other O’Reilly books.
Rankin speaks frequently on security and open-source software including at BsidesLV, O’Reilly Security Conference, OSCON, SCALE, CactusCon, Linux World Expo and Penguicon. You can follow him at @kylerankin.
CEO, Strengths, Inc; founder of Ancestry.com, keynote speaker, tech visionary
As a serial entrepreneur, Paul has spent his career building motive-driven companies with
talented individuals from different fields. As a founder of 8 companies, Paul has led many
executive teams to perform at high levels and engineer hyper-growth into their products and
services. Although he is best known as the Founder of Ancestry.com (now worth 2.6 Billion),
Paul is hoping to make an even bigger impact with his current company, Strengths Inc.