VM (Vicky) Brasseur

Open Source Business Strategy Consultant

Kyle Rankin

Chief Security Officer, Purism, SPC

MIKE PLACE

DIRECTOR OF OPEN SOURCE ENGINEERING
SALTSTACK

OpenWest 2018 · June 7 – 9th · Sandy, Utah

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.

Mike Place

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.

 

Kyle Rankin

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.