Penguicon prides itself on bringing a vast array of guests every year that fits our vast array of interests! This year we have Cory Doctorow, science-fiction writer, blogger, and activist. His latest book Walkaway will be hitting stores April 25th, 2017! Sumana Harihareswara is the founder of Changeset Consulting, specializing in open source project management.
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of the YA graphic novel IN REAL LIFE, the nonfiction business book INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, and young adult novels like HOMELAND, PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER and novels for adults like RAPTURE OF THE NERDS and MAKERS. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.
Sumana Harihareswara is an open source contributor and leader who started using Linux in the late 1990s, met her spouse through Slashdot, and has contributed to GNOME, MediaWiki, Zulip, GNU Mailman, and other FLOSS projects. She has keynoted Open Source Bridge and other open source conventions, and manages and maintains open source projects as Changeset Consulting. She’s also a scifi fan and stand-up comedian who’s performed at Worldcon, WisCon, and AlterConf, and who serves as the charity auctioneer for the Tiptree Award. She co-edited and co-published the Thoughtcrime Experiments anthology in 2009 and created the widely viewed fanvid “Pipeline” in 2015. She has written for Tor.com, Geek Feminism, Crooked Timber, Model View Culture, LWN, GNOME Journal, The Recompiler, among other venues. She lives in New York City.
Hack of Honor: The Tricorder Project
One of the most beautiful aspects of science is that while there is so much we can see and smell and feel around us, there’s an inconceivably large universe around us full of things we can’t directly observe. The Tricorder project aims to develop handheld devices that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can’t normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see colour.
Coraline Ada Ehmke is a speaker, writer, open source advocate and technologist with over 20 years of experience in developing apps for the web. She works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in open source and the tech industry. She was recognized for her work with a Ruby Hero award in 2016. Coraline is the creator of the Contributor Covenant, the most popular open source code of conduct in the world (with over 15,000 adoptions including JRuby, Swift, F# and Rails.) She works for GitHub as a senior engineer on a team devoted to creating community management and anti-harassment tools.