More Speaker Announcements!
Our speaker line-up gets better by the day, and we're so pleased to announce that Narayan Newton will be joining us as a keynote speaker.
Narayan was introduced to Drupal during his tenure at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab where he was the co-lead system administrator, and served as their Database Administrator of over 180 MySQL databases, the Freenode Server administrator, and the Drupal.org Server Administrator. He is a permanent member of the Drupal Association as their Systems Coordinator, and is a member of the Drupal.org infrastructure team. He is also a co-maintainer of the Pressflow high performance Drupal distribution.
Outside of Drupal, Narayan has been deeply involved in the FreeBSD, Gentoo and Slackware communities. He was a contributing editor and system administrator of a popular Linux community website. As a Google Summer of Code student he developed the KDE front-end to the SUSE System Update server, and became a KDE core committer in 2007. He also ported and updated the XML-RPC system to KDE3 and KDE4.
More recently, he acted as infrastructure lead for the examiner.com 2.0 re-launch and infrastructure lead for the drupal.org redesign launch. Narayan is currently Chief Technology Officer at Tag1 Consulting.
We're also thrilled that James Walker, better known as "Walkah" around the 'tubes, will also join us this January.
James is a long time leader in Open Source Software and a dedicated steward of Open Standards. He is currently the Senior Services Architect at StatusNet where he is one of the principle designers of the OStatus protocol for open federated social networking.
Since 2003, he has been a core contributor to the Drupal Project. Within the Drupal community, he has contributed countless lines of code to several of the most popular components. Additionally, he was a founding General Assembly member of the Drupal Association.
Outside of Drupal, James maintains a deep interest in the OpenID, Open Web and Jabber/ XMPP communities and frequently presents at conferences and events as an evangelist for these technologies. He is also a founding member of the Open Web Foundation.