Steve began his Open Source efforts by creating a class at RIT that taught students to make educational games for the OLPC XO/Sugar platforms and fired by student enthusiasm for HFOSS activities has shepherded the 2 largest POSSEs on record, built a model of student engagement that has been presented at several academic and industry conferences and had some of the best times of his academics career. FOSS@RIT efforts have been covered in OLPC and FOSS@RIT--Education innovation the open source way, The Course-to-Co-op Lifecycle: OpenInnovation@RIT, OVC evolution, a snapshot of a student HFOSS work-in-progress, Games for life: Girl Scouts, games, and the open source way.
Simon is the Chief Strategy Officer at ForgeRock and takes an active interest in several free and open source software organizations, including Open Source Initiative and Open Source for America. From his first article about changes to the OSI to his latest post titled Open standards: The sentinel principle, Simon is sharing his expertise and stories about the open source way.
Craig is the CIO of The Myfreedom Group. He is an avid computing and Linux fan who has served time in corporate IT. He's achieved the Rock Star role by commenting and participating in our community. Craig shared with us that it's such a rarity to see a non-technical site about open source with such great contributors and discussion. He's jumped right into conversations like this one.
Meet Scott Nesbitt. He's a freelance writer and consultant in Toronto, Canada. He uses open source tools for more than 85 percent of the work he does. He's idealistic about more getting more open data from our governments. Nesbitt also contributes to FLOSS Manuals by helping to document open source projects. We hope you enjoy getting to know Scott. Read more.
As the Community Manager of GovLoop—a highly active online community connecting more than 50,000 public sector professionals—Andrew Krzmarzick suspects his role is pretty similar to leading an open source project.
Hear Andrew speak more on this at the 2012 National Conference for Government Webmasters this year on September 11th in Kansas City.
Meet Barry Peddycord III, a PhD student in computer science at North Carolina State University. He wishes academia were more open so work like his can reach as many audiences as possible. Barry's insightful comments on articles across many opensource.com groups enhance our conversations about the open source way. You can read his thoughts on open education at his blog. We hope you enjoy getting to know Barry.
Meet Harish Pillay. An open source all-star in Singapore. He runs a personal blog called "life one degree north, one-o-three degrees east" that focuses on technology, FOSS, and open source. If you don't have @harishpillay on your Twitter stream, he's definitely worth a follow. We thank him for sharing many of our articles with his followers. You might find him in person at FUDcon or other open source events in the Asia-Pacific region. In his spare time, he's an active contributor to Fedora.
Meet Marek Mahut. He's a system administrator in Brno, Czech republic, works for Red Hat, and has an interest in the public sector—particularly in how it can be more open and transparent. Read more about Marek and his contributions to opensource.com.
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Scott Wilson agrees that open source matters because of open code, but just as important is the process in which the code is made. Open development of code is in the social nature of many programmers, hackers, documentors, and project managers. So, what is it about open development? Find out what developing and working in the open is like for Scott Wilson in this Opensource.com Community Spotlight.