Four Open Source Thought Leaders at OS101 – Speaker Spotlight #1

We’ve talked a lot about the speaker lineup at the event this year, and rightfully so. It’s full of experts from all over the U.S. representing some of the most influential companies in technology.

We’d like to use the first “Speaker Spotlight” of 2018 to highlight four. While we’ll feature more in the coming two weeks, we feel these four are a great place to start.

Danese Cooper – Head of Open Source @ PayPal

Few people in the world have had a larger impact on open source over the years as Danese.

Ms. Danese Cooper has been the Head of Open Source Software at PayPal, Inc. since February 2014. She has been Chairperson of the Node.js Foundation since June 2015. Ms. Cooper previously served as the CTO of Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., as Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun, and as Sr. Director of Open Source Strategies for Intel. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the Boards of the Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Hardware Association and has advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. She also runs a successful open source consultancy which counts Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation and Numenta as clients. She has been known to knit through meetings.

Mostafa Elzoghbi – Machine Learning Engineer, Microsoft

Mostafa might have the coolest job of any of our speakers. He builds secure, highly available, intelligent systems, predictive analytics and cloud based products.

Mostafa Elzoghbi is a Machine Learning Engineer at Microsoft. He is building new intelligent products at the Windows and Devices group. He is recognized as a SME in building secure, highly available, intelligent systems, predictive analytics, and cloud based products. His work is focused on building scalable solutions using Hadoop ecosystem, machine learning, OSS, and Microsoft data platform (Azure ML, HDInsight, Data Factory, IOT). Prior to joining Microsoft, he was awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for five consecutive years. He holds a M.Sc. of Computer Science and holds several Microsoft certifications.

Erica Stanley – Engineering Manager, Salesloft

Erica is a leader in the Atlanta technology community where she leads youth coding programs and founded the ATL network of Women Who Code.

Erica Stanley is an engineering manager at SalesLoft – where she’s helping grow the product engineering team for one the Southeast’s fastest growing SaaS companies. She holds a B.S and M.S in Computer Science from Clark Atlanta University and conducted post-graduate research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Always eager to explore and push boundaries in tech, Erica has worked in various areas of technology, including web, mobile, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and human-centered computing.
Erica is active in the Atlanta technology community. She helps develop and teach youth coding programs, speaks at local hackathons, conferences, and user groups. She also founded the Atlanta network of Women Who Code, where she leads new developer workshops and organizes monthly tech talks, hack nights, and networking events for women technologists.

Jeremy Proffitt – Senior Site Reliability Engineer, Lending Tree

Jeremy is a rockstar in the IoT space and in the Charlotte area and has appeared on Amazon’s 3D Print the Future television show.

An accomplished “Renaissance Geek”, Jeremy has a broad background as a technologist. Serving as Lending Tree’s Senior Site Reliability Engineer, he has added processes which provide stability with self reliance and sustainability. Bring that into his own 3d Printing Lab, Alexa Skills creation or Arduino/ESP/Particle development, he builds to endure and prevent constant intervention. Jeremy has been featured on Amazon’s 3d print the future TV Show and had his Particle Home Automation Bridge published in Particle’s own newsletter. Some even call him a Rock Star – for Jeremy, it’s just about never stopping with the thinking or the doing.