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Jessica Field, Aptira: Jessica is the Marketing Director for the leading provider of OpenStack services in the APAC region – Aptira, and also sits on the Board of Directors for OpenStack. For the past decade, Jessica has been an active contributor to the Open Source community in Australia. This includes running multiple Open Source and technology meetups in Sydney, and have previously held positions on two industry Boards: the Open Source Industry Association (OSIA), and the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA). Jessica co-organises the Sydney OpenStack User Group, and OpenStack Australia Day. She has also organised a range of other industry events in Sydney, including Port80, Magento and the Australian Web Awards. Jessica also manages the creative design agency – Onefishsea. Having completed her MBA in 2014, Jessica currently lives in sunny Port Macquarie and loves the beach.
David F. Flanders, OpenStack: David F. Flanders is a wrangler of communities for the OpenStack Foundation, specifically growing the application developer community and University sector engagements. Previously having worked in University datacentres and Entrepreneurial investment funds, Flanders loves the challenge of understanding how brilliant people come together as a community to shape the future of the information sector.
Sonia Ramza, OpenStack: Sonia joined the OpenStack Foundation in 2017 in the community management division, taking on tasks such as the user group process and managing the Ambassador program. She is also working to increase student engagement through new initiatives like “OpenStack comes to Campus”.
Tom Fifield, OpenStack: Since gaining experience working to support an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider - the largest scientific endeavour in the world - Tom has been passionate about large-scale distributed computing.
Tom has worked alongside collaborators from dozens of countries to facilitate distributed computing design, reliable operations in minimal staff environments and interoperability between different technologies.
After working as a cloud architecture consultant and team lead to create clouds for several years, Tom is now tackling the most important part of distributed systems - people, as a community manager.
OpenStack Australia Day Melbourne 2017