Founder of Tribal City Interactive, an indie games developer based in Galway. Previously founded a number of companies including two games companies primarily focused on mobile. Graduated UL in 1990 with a BEng Hons. Still a techie but as Executive Producer on Tribal City's games, now managing all business & production aspects as well.
Andrea is a professional software developer and has accrued many years of experience building solid applications. She has been consuming new technologies and frameworks daily for the last 10 years in a never-ending quest for knowledge and a happy developer path. After a long life in the entreprise development world she is now developing games and the proud co-founder of BatCat Games. Andrea is involved in the organisation of Alt Net in Dublin and other code related communities in Ireland.
Andy is probably best known online as a social bridgebuilder spanning a number of areas of technology and interest. His weblog The Lost Outpost reflects the diversity of his skills and interests: development, design, communications, everything social, community building, marketing, gaming and digital imaging. He has been a co-host of podcasts including the weekly Dogear Nation podcast (search for it on iTunes), Games at Work, and the Ubuntu UK Podcast; is one of the organisers of Home Camp; and is a committee member, organiser and former speaker at Digital Surrey.
Eoin McHugh is a systems administrator at the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC). At ICHEC he's spent the last seven years workin with large scale high performance computing clusters to provide scientific computing facilities to academics, government agencies and industrial users. He has a B.E. in Computer and Electronic Engineering from NUI Galway and has previously worked as a software developer for companies such as Tellabs, Intel and MCS Kenny. In a past life he was involved with NUI Galway Compsoc so no doubt he will encounter some familiar faces during Skycon.
Mel Gorman is a Linux kernel developer specialising in virtual memory management and has been active in the open source community since 2005. He is employed by SUSE Labs since 2011 working on feature development and bug fixing for SLES, openSUSE and mainline kernels. He was educated in University of Limerick and graduated with his PhD in 2011. Previously he worked with the IBM Linux Technology Center primarily as a team lead dedicated to improving large page support in Linux.
CTO and co-founder of Thurles based gamed studio NeverMind Games graduated from Carlow IT in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Games Development. He was a member of the original "Team NeverMind", Ireland's representative at Dare to be Digital 2010. James is currently a mentor at both the Limerick and Thurles Coded Dojo's. James was project manager and lead developer on NeverMind Games' first two releases, "Solar Sprint" and "TroubleSUM". James is @SpoonTheGreater on twitter.
Liam Ryan joined SAP in 1999 as manager for the Remote Service Delivery Team in Active Global Support. He was appointed Managing Director of the Service and Support Centre in Ireland the following year. He has overseen the growth of SAP's operations in Ireland totalling over 1,200 employees across 35 departments in Dublin and Galway.
SAP's operations in Ireland play a key role in the SAP group, employing over 1,200 people across three sites in Dublin and Galway. The Dublin organisation focuses mainly on the provision of Services and Support for its large customer base in EMEA and the US along with Financial Shared Services and Inside Sales functions. It also provides internal IT support and hosts a Quality Engineering group focused on the testing of Application and Technology releases. In addition, SAP's operation in Dublin is also home to Business Objects' Research and Development Centre, which develops innovative applications for Business Analytics. SAP's operation in Galway focuses on the SME and Multinational enterprise sectors. It has groups involved in Technical Support, Cloud Services, Technical Writing, E-Learning, Translations, License Auditing and SAP Partner Services. It covers 29 languages and has colleagues from 35 nationalities. Liam began his career in Germany working for Siemens in Amberg and Softlab AG in Munich. On returning to Ireland he worked as an Automation Engineer with APV and as Engineering Manager for Motorola before joining SAP.
Liam holds a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering from DIT Kevin Street and Trinity College Dublin. Married to Mary, they have 3 children. Apart from family and work, he is a keen golfer.
Marek currently works as a PaaS evangelist at Red Hat, where his task is to travel round the Europe and introduce OpenShift to the developers. Before joining Red Hat, he worked as a Ruby, PHP and Java consultant and developer.
Marek is Ruby enthusiast, contributes to open source projects and organizes local Ruby User Group in Brno. When he is not traveling, he teaches Java and Ruby at Masaryk University.
Mark is founder of Ubuntu, a popular free operating system for desktops and servers. Ubuntu is beautiful, easy to use and precision engineered for consumers and large-scale enterprise deployments alike. It has been adopted by an amazing number of people, from families that just want a PC that works for safe web surfing, to heavy industry, massive cloud computing environments, supercomputers, several armies, national police forces, banks and schools in the Amazon.
Mark leads product strategy and design at Canonical, which sells commercial support for Ubuntu, mainly to large enterprises and governments who deploy it professionally. Canonical also builds many of the unique elements of Ubuntu for desktop, cloud and server deployments. Mark champions design-driven development and has a focus on quality and cadence in the engineering work done at Canonical.
Michael received B.Eng and M.Eng. degrees in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Communications and Networks from the University of Limerick. From 1998 to 2001 he worked at Broadcom Eireann Research Limited, in the areas of Telecom Management and Mobile Communications. During 2000 he was a visiting scholar with the COMET group at Columbia University. From 2001 Michael was a member of the Wireless Access Research Centre at the University of Limerick. He joined IBM Research in 2010 where he currently works in environmental monitoring and management. Michael's research interests include environmental monitoring platforms and mobile & sensor networks.
Mikael Fernstrom studied Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications at the Kattegatt Technical College in Halmstad in Sweden, graduating 1975. He then worked in industry as inventor, electronics engineer, industrial designer, manager, composer and company director, principally in Sweden. He worked with AVAB Electronics in Gothenburg, from 1976 to 1979 building and designing sound and light equipment for theatres. He set up ILF Innovation and developed the business between 1980 and 1989. During this period he developed a number of patents for Signal processing of EMG-signals, Heat-pump control-system, Optical Interconnects, etc. In 1989 the company was taken over. He stayed on until 1991, when he took the opportunity to move to Ireland to work as a freelance consultant.
He has been the Irish delegate in the European COST Action G6 on Digital Audio Effects and is one of the initiators of European COST action on Control of digital audio effects from human gesture and European COST Action on Sonic Interaction Design. He is a Member of the Audio Engineering Society; Member of the International Society of Ecological Psychology; Member of IEEE; and Lifetime Member of the Electronic Music Foundation.
Olivia graduated from the University of Limerick with a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Computing. She currently works for Facebook in Monetization Analytics and has extensive experience working with Statistics and big data sets.
Randall is the author of the webcomic xkcd. After graduating from Christopher Newport University with a degree in physics, he got a job at NASA, but then left to become a full-time cartoonist. He currently makes comics for a living to support his programming hobby. He is also the author of What If, a blog where he tackles bizarre hypothetical questions using physics
Reiner received a BEng in Computer Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany and subsequently MEng and PhD from University of Limerick. Since 1998 he is a member of the Data Communications Security Laboratory at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering and he is Course Director for the MEng in Information and Network Security.
His work concerns on the security of electronic networks and information systems, which is a critical issue for the use of new technologies in all fields of today's life. Particular focus is given to the development of security protocols and their verification, automated reasoning for verification purposes and vulnerability research.
Tim Bunce is best known as the author and maintainer of the Perl DBI module, the standard database interface for Perl since 1994. He has contributed to the development of the Perl language and many of its core modules since 1994, and was responsible for the Perl 5.4.x series of maintenance releases.
His other popular Perl modules include Devel::NYTProf (reviews, blog posts), the most advanced Perl source code profiler, Memcached::libmemcached, the fastest Perl interface to memcached, DashProfiler, JDBC, Oracle::OCI and DBD::Oracle.
Tom Howley is a graduate of University of Limerick, where he received his B.Eng in Computer Engineering and a Research M.Eng in Intelligent Networks. After working in a Bluetooth startup out of UL that eventually became part of the newly floated Parthus Technologies, Tom returned to academia where the completed a PhD in the field of machine learning. He co-founded Analyze IQ technologies, a provider of software for the analysis of chemical mixtures based on spectral data, which incorporates some of the machine learning techniques developed in his PhD research. Tom entered the wonderful world of cloud in May 2011 when he joined the HP Cloud Services team and hasn't looked back since. He is a member of the Block Storage service team.
Tony Whitmore is a photographer and project manager by day and media geek by night. He has been using Linux since RedHat 7.2 and Ubuntu since Breezy Badger. He is not a developer, although occasionally tries despite the laughs from real developers. He has been a presenter/producer on the Ubuntu Podcast since it started in 2008. Tony is @tonywhitmore on twitter.
Wolfram Sang works as a kernel developer for embedded systems at Pengutronix (Linux Kernel/Pengutronix) and also co-maintains the I2C subsystem. Programming since his childhood, he still hacks his machines from the 80s. When not using computers, he is interested in ecological topics, likes cooking and tries to keep his Japanese alive.
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