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Ben Balter - Head of open government at GitHub (INTL)

Named one of the top 25 most influential people in government and technology, Fed 50’s Disruptor of the Year, and described by the US Chief Technology Officer as one of “the baddest of the badass innovators,” Ben Balter is the Government Evangelist at GitHub.

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Rich Bartlet - Loomio (NZ)

Rich has been described as “an engineer turned artist turned activist” and is one of the co-founders of Loomio.

He has a background in open source hardware and community organising.

He believes in the jujitsu power of open source to flip things upside down. Hwooaaah!

Brandon Keepers - Head of open source at GitHub (INTL)

GitHub has changed the way open source is built, and Brandon is changing the way GitHub builds open source.

An engineer by trade, he believes open source is a fundamental to building great products, and great products sustain healthy open source projects.

He shares his endeavours on twitter as @bkeepers and on his blog at opensoul.org.

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Doug Kirkpatrick - Morning Star Self Management Institute (INTL)

Doug Kirkpatrick is the author of BEYOND EMPOWERMENT: THE AGE OF THE SELF-MANAGED ORGANIZATION, available on Amazon.com.

He is an organizational change consultant, TEDx and Featured Speaker, executive coach, writer and educator. He holds degrees in economics and law, and has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) designation with the Society for Human Resource Management.

He currently serves as a director for the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD), the world’s largest talent development association, with over 40,000 members in 120+ countries.

He played the first season of his business career in the manufacturing sector, principally with The Morning Star Company of Sacramento, California, a world leader in the food industry, as a financial controller and administrator.

He now engages with the Morning Star Self-Management Institute, the Center for Innovative Cultures, Great Work Cultures and other vibrant organisations and leaders to co-create the future of management.

He enjoys travel in rough parts of the world and appreciates the perspective he gains from it.

Craig Ambrose - Enspiral Craftworks (NZ)

Craig is passionate about ecovillages, permaculture and hand crafts.

During the day he builds software with Enspiral Craftworks, a non hierarchical collective of software professionals with a focus on social enterprise clients.

By night he builds furniture with hand tools, and helps with facilitation and community processes at Atamai Ecovillage.

Bene Anderson - Senior Product Manager in Government Information Services at Internal Affairs (NZ)

Bene Anderson is Senior Product Manager in Government Information Services at Internal Affairs. Bene manages the New Zealand Government’s Common Web Platform (CWP), which is an open source platform-as-a-service offering for the creation and hosting of government websites. Bene comes from a web and digital background, and prior to joining Internal Affairs, spent five years as a web project manager and information architect in the private sector.

Jessica Lord - Javascript developer, Atom team, GitHub (INTL)

Jessica is a former urban designer turned open source developer by way of a fellowship at Code for America.

She fell hard for open source and now works at GitHub and spends her free time working on open source projects to teach or enable others to get hacking.

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Jeremy Palmer - Group Manager Data Services, LINZ (NZ)

Jeremy Palmer led the development of the Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Data Service – New Zealand’s first standard’s compliant data service, providing free access to government-held open data.

Embracing the vision for the LINZ Data Service, Jeremy has played a big part in championing the service across the geospatial and data communities to support uptake.

Taking the LINZ Data Service from strength to strength, Jeremy now heads the Data Service’s group and is responsible for leading the strategic direction and operational effectiveness of data services within LINZ.

Karaitiana Taiuru (NZ)

A leading figure in the on-line Māori renaissance of the Internet since 1997; Karaitiana Taiuru has been a long-time advocate of the need for Māori to adapt to Open Source technologies in order to protect and enhance their Intellectual Property Rights.

Josh Vial - Dev Academy (NZ)

Joshua is a programmer and entrepreneur.

In 2010 he launched Enspiral and turned his personal consulting company into a collective vehicle to help more people work on stuff that matters.

In 2013 he helped launch Enspiral Dev Academy which is an intensive 9 week programming course and has been exploring the intersection of tech, startups and education.

Dave Lane - President, New Zealand Open Source Society (NZ)

Dave Lane is President of the NZ Open Source Society, and an advocate of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) adoption in business, education and government.

He works for Catalyst IT, which in 2012 acquired Egressive, the FOSS company he founded in 1998.

Among many other interests, he is passionate about his adopted home, NZ, and would love to see the government and education become far more open for the inherent social, economic, and pedagogical advantages openness offers.

He goes to great lengths to use FOSS exclusively himself, he's a fan of anyone who knows what "Commons-based peer production" and "permissionless innovation" are, and he has been advocating for "open" since long before it was cool.

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Michelle Williams - Ideaction

Michelle is all about the Big Shift and moving from passive observers and consumers to active participants reshaping our world. Michelle is currently writing the book Participation is the new Consumption which she successfully crowdfunded for last year.

Driven by our own individual empowerment, a renewal of our sense of purpose and beliefs, and our regeneration of community, Michelle's vision in this book gives a roadmap to a world whose roads are yet to be built.

Michelle founded Ideaction after co-founding social innovation Sydney in 2010. She loves innovation and how to spread that as a digital strategist, communicator, community organiser, educator, public speaker and event producer.

Previously Michelle spent many years empowering businesses with the right technology through ERP systems, network system integration and Asia Pacific's largest IT Distributor.

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Marianne Elliott - National Director for ActionStation (NZ)

Marianne Elliott is National Director for ActionStation - a movement to reignite participation in our democracy and restore 'people power' by building a community of active citizens, and facilitating collective social action for progressive change.

Trained as a human rights lawyer, Marianne worked in Timor-Leste, the Gaza Strip and Afghanistan before returning to New Zealand. She believes in the power of open democracy to help solve the wicked problems of our age.

Nathan Sobo – Lead Atom developer, GitHub (NZ)

Nathan Sobo is the co-founder of the Atom open-source text editor at GitHub. He is also the author of Treetop, a Ruby-based parser generator based on parsing expression grammars.

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Josh Barr - Springload (NZ)

Josh fell into the web at the raw age of 16, building websites for all his long-haired friends who played loud music.

Since then, Josh has applied his astounding capacity to making music of his own, studying design at Massey Uni (which went ok - he spent 6 months teaching there too), before scooting off to London to exhibit his final-year project for Neville Brody’s Anti-Design Festival.

Josh still found time to work at a leading branding agency, shaping such projects as in-flight entertainment systems for airlines like Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific. You might’ve heard of them.

Picking up 2 BeST Awards for Typography in 2009 and running an environmentally sustainable manufacturing business on the side helped to keep him entertained on ‘slow’ days.

Naturally, with all that going on, Josh has a bit of spare time. He plays guitar, bass and keyboards, and has his own home studio to prove it. He also lists running UP hills and planning weddings as his hobbies. Nobody’s perfect.

Suzanne Snively

Transparency International Chair, Suzanne Snively, is a joint Co-Director with Murray Petrie of the Integrity Plus 2013 NZ National Integrity System Assessment. Suzanne was previously a Partner in Public Sector Advisory working as an economic strategist at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

She has been a company director for over 27 years and has been a regular analyst and commentator on New Zealand's comparative economic position for over 30 years, including commentary on its competitive positioning.

Suzanne achieved her Masters with Distinction at Victoria University of Wellington as a Fulbright and Reserve Bank Scholar, having completed a BA with thesis in Economics at Reed in the USA. She has extensive governance experience as a former Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, of R A Hannah and Co and of Wellington City Council's Capital Holdings and as a Ministerial appointee to a number of task forces including the Whanau Ora Task Force.

Amongst other roles, she is currently on the Health Research Council, a Director of the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency, Te Pou Matakana. and an Independent Director of the Army Leadership Board. Suzanne is also an external advisor on the internal audit / risk management committees of several central government agencies.

Mike Riversdale - Hack Miramar co-founder, GovHackNZ organiser (NZ)

Mike's 3 blobs of life underly his passion in connecting people, explaining stuff and getting things done.

Together with his popular Kiwi tech podcast, Access Granted, and his years of experience of business mentorship he is a driving force behind the highly successful barcamp/hackathon scene in New Zealand.

Tying this together with a focus on ensuring people work towards"open government" and specifically "finding the value in open data" he is organising the July HackGovNZ and specifically the Wellington event to be held in the MBIE Stout Street venue.

This event will be the perfect 'do-y' to the OS/OS 'hui'.

Cam Findlay - Community Awesomeness Manager, SilverStripe open source (NZ)

Cam looks after the SilverStripe open source community ensuring it is a valuable, collaborative environment where participants can share knowledge and create great open source software.

He has a cross-discipline background with over a decade working as a web developer and more recently completing a business degree in information systems, with a focus on communities as social knowledge systems.

Communities are of great interest to Cam, both in practice and academically.

He has interest in the ideas of social learning and how communities act as an informal, living store of knowledge often co-existing alongside commercial organisations.

Having worked in private organisations, advising public sector and as an independent consultant, he brings a wide range of experience technically, and on the people side of the IT industry to the SilverStripe community.

Alanna Krause - Director of Enspiral and Founder of Loomio (NZ)

Alanna has a passion for Open Business meets Open Tech meets Open Collaboration. She loves innovating new tools and processes to help people work in radically transparent and participatory ways.

Alanna is an anarchist management hacker, internet geek, feminist, and community builder - and can't wait to get amongst it with the OS//OS community!

Chris Kelly - Director of Outreach at GitHub (INTL)

Chris is a developer, open source advocate, and community organizer. At GitHub, his team connects, celebrates, and amplifies the amazing open source community on GitHub. He is a co-founder of TODO, a group of companies pragmatically approaching open source problems. His things live in San Francisco, while he spends much of his time on an airplane.

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Chelsea Robinson - loomio (NZ)

Chelsea is a member of the Loomio Cooperative, a social enterprise building an online tool for collaborative decision-making.

As one of the founders of New Zealand youth climate movement Generation Zero and a youth delegate to the United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen and Cancun, Chelsea is passionate about building inclusive organisations which create positive change.

In Loomio, Chelsea helps organisations & communities to learn the cultural skills required to democratise decisions and collaborate effectively at every scale.

Sascha Meinrath – Founder, Open Technology Institute (INTL)

Sascha Meinrath has been described as a “community Internet pioneer” and an “entrepreneurial visionary.”

He is Director of X-Lab, focusing on thought-provoking, bold tech policy interventions.

He also founded the Open Technology Institute and was named to the “TIME Tech 40” in 2013 as one of the most influential figures in technology.

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Billy Meinke – Open Education & Creative Commons (INTL)

Billy is an education technologist supporting collaboration and knowledge sharing across open education initiatives on the web.

He formerly worked at Creative Commons, supporting stakeholders in the world’s largest OER project in higher education and workforce training and now spends much of his time looking for new ways to leverage the web for global good.

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Keitha Booth – Manager, NZ Open Government Data Programme (NZ)

Keitha Booth manages the NZ Open Government Information and Data Programme, based at Land Information New Zealand.

She has led this programme since 2009 and driven the development of the Declaration on Open and Transparent Government, the New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL) and the New Zealand Data and Information Management Principles (NZDIMP).

Her earlier roles include Communications and Relationships Manager, E-government Unit, State Services Commission; Information Manager, National Library of New Zealand; Information Manager, Ministry for Economic Development and Lead Consultant, Beca Group, providing information related advice to clients.

Keitha is on the Advisory Boards of Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ and Digital New Zealand. She has post graduate qualifications in librarianship and information systems.

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Chris Cormack - Technical Lead, Team Koha (NZ)

possibilities. challenges - bespoke open. systems guy - kiwi.

Christopher Cormack has a BSc in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics and Māori Studies.

While working for Katipo Communications he was the lead developer of the original version of Koha, which went live at Horowhenua Library Trust on January 5, 2000.

Since then he has served various roles in the community: Release manager, QA manager and Translation manager. He is the elected release maintainer for 3.18.

Christopher currently works for Catalyst IT in Wellington and believes in Free Software and allowing users the freedom to innovate.

Lillian Grace - CEO & Founder of Wiki New Zealand (NZ)

Lillian Grace brings a new perspective on data, one where data is a language in which everyone can be fluent.

She believes societies and individuals will benefit when anyone can use data to inform their thinking and insights without requiring intermediaries.

Lillian is the CEO and Founder of Wiki New Zealand, the first organisation to designate everyone as a user of data and to build systems and software to deliver to this standard.

Wiki New Zealand puts data in simple charts using consistent standards so that people can easily play with and explore data. Critical to this solution was the development of Grace, a backend application that can extract data from a variety of formats and apply a transparent standardisation process that results in the data being consistent, clean and easy to find and use.

Collaboration is central to Wiki New Zealand, and Lillian believes the most comprehensive collection of data about New Zealand will only come from working together with domain and data experts.

Lillian engages with those in Government, private sector, academia, media, schools, and the general public to involve them in the effort and inform the evolution of Wiki New Zealand and its offerings.

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Vik Olliver - Diamondage (NZ)

Vik Olliver is a longhair Open enthusiast who does actually make a living out of Open hardware. He is best know for his work in the RepRap 3D printer core team but enjoys diddling with all manner of Open projects, from Alcohol to Zeroemission transport.

He spends a lot of his time expounding the virtues of Open to the world, and encouraging local groups to collaborate in an ethical manner. He has a Green philosophy but eats meat and doesn't do any of the airyfairy crystal wavey stuff.

With his wife Suz, daughters Tamara and Kate, and a few lesser mortals he runs a factory and open workshop in Henderson.

This notionally produces Open 3D printers and printer filament, but in practice gets used as a brewery, metal foundry, CNC emporium, hydroponic garden and zombie apocalypse refuge. Delegates are welcome to drop by.

He also raises a pride of arrogant cats.

Gina Rembe - Enspiral (NZ)

Gina Rembe is a member of Enspiral, where she works, amongst others, on Lifehack, the Smart Energy Challenge, and Enspiral itself.

Passionated about bringing more good things into the world, she's interested in creating safe spaces where ideas, collaboration and relationship can thrive on trust, honesty and integrity.

Wendy Neale - Fab Lab Wellington (NZ)

Project manager, collaborator, maker, pioneer, furniture designer, Wendy Neale manages Fab Lab Wgtn. With a digital and craft-based practice, Wendy designs and creates meaningful objects from waste and obsolete furniture, and also develops furniture with modified traditional joints using digital techniques.

Laura O'Connell Rapira - ActionStation (NZ)

Laura O’Connell-Rapira is the Campaigns Director of ActionStation focusing on membership engagement.

She’s been doing amazing things with RockEnrol and Oxfam.

More local speakers to be announced soon.