Program Comittee

All submissions to our call for papers get reviewed by our program committee in a blind review process. See which experts are on the committee here:

Sharan Foga

Sharan Foga has over 20 years in the IT industry working on the delivery and implementation of IT projects. She is currently based in Stockholm, Sweden and works for Instaclustr as Director Community and Developer Relations. Sharan has been involved with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) since 2008 and has presented at several conferences about ‘The Apache Way’ of engaging and empowering communities. She enjoys working actively with projects on open source community management. She is VP Apache Kibble and a PMC Member several Apache projects including Apache Community Development, Apache OFBiz and Apache Training (Incubating). Sharan is an ASF Member and earlier this year was elected to serve on the ASF Board of Directors.

Myrle Krantz

Myrle is an Engineering Director for Application Observability at Grafana Labs. She has over 20 years of experience as a software developer. Myrle is a member of The Apache Software Foundation, where she has served in multiple ways including through roles in operations and in governance. She’s exuberant about open source and passionate about making software that solves important problems facing humanity.

Sander van der Waal

As Waag’s research director, Sander van der Waal is responsible for its research agenda, working in close collaboration with the four heads of the research groups and leads of the 8 constituent labs. His focus is on ensuring Waag’s research contributes to lasting positive change locally in Amsterdam, nationally in The Netherlands, and on the European level, in line with Waag’s principles of openness, fairness and inclusivity. He maintains and develops a strong network of research partners and represents Waag on stage in debates, events and webinars.

Eriol Fox

Eriol has been working as a designer for 10+ years working in for-profits and then NGO’s and open-source software organisations, working on complex problems like sustainable food systems, peace-building and crisis response technology. Eriol now works at Simply Secure on design, research, open-source and technology projects.

Josh Devins

Over the course of 20 years of industry experience, Josh has spent time in various roles and companies in both North America and Europe. He maintains a broad base of experience and knowledge, combined with various areas of depth such as team leadership, data science, distributed systems, software engineering and agile development practices. Josh likes working on effective data-driven products as much as building strong teams and organisations. Josh believes that Open Source plays a crucial role in today’s economy and technology landscape and is eager to participate in the conversation of how Open Source evolves.

Shane Coughlan

Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication, security and business development. His professional accomplishments include spearheading the licensing team that elevated Open Invention Network into the largest patent non-aggression community in history, establishing the leading professional network of Open Source legal experts and aligning stakeholders to launch both the first law journal and the first law book dedicated to Open Source. He currently leads the OpenChain community, is an advisor at the United Nationals Technology Innovation Labs, and serves on various boards.

Ana Jiménez Santamaría

Ana is the OSPO Program Manager at the TODO Group, an open source project and community of OSPO practitioners who want to collaborate on best practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective Open Source Projects and Programs, under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. Formerly she worked at Bitergia, a Software Development Analytics firm, while she finished her MSc in Data Science, whose final thesis focused on measuring DevRel’s success within Open Source development communities

Stefan Rudnitzki

Stefan Rudnitzki works as Head of Technology at idealo internet GmbH. He has over 10 years experience working as software developer, project lead and team lead in different working environments. From waterfall to agile working methods up to holacracy he experienced the different challenges and benefits in the area of free and open source software. Additionally he is an organizer of the MongoDB user group and Async Cat Herding meetup in Berlin. Furthermore he is the co-founder of the FOSS Backstage conference.