Keynote Speakers

Andi Gutmans

Andi is a multidisciplinary, customer-focused executive leader with a passion for value innovation. With an excellent understanding of product strategy, freemium business models, packaging & pricing, agile application delivery, and go-to-market strategy, he's successfully led complex product-mix and global organizational transitions to deliver stronger customer value, higher margins, and profitability.

Andi has been recognized as an industry thought leader, including:

  • Chosen by Mashable as one of the "10 founding fathers of the Web"
  • Recognized by as one of the top 10 most visionary tech CEOs in 2010
  • Named one of Computerworld’s "40 innovative IT people to watch, under the age of 40"

Bill Weinberg

Bill is the senior director and analyst, open source strategy, at the Linux Foundation. In this role, he helps companies and projects create sound approaches for managing, building, securing, and deploying open source software in intelligent devices, enterprise data centers, and the cloud.

Bill boasts over 30 years of experience in embedded systems, telecom, and enterprise software. A founding team-member at MontaVista, Bill pioneered Linux for intelligent and mobile devices. He ran carrier-grade and mobile Linux initiatives as senior analyst at OSDL, working closely with community, analysts, and media. As GM of the Linux Phone Standards Forum, Bill worked tirelessly to establish standards for mobile telephony. And at Black Duck Software, he led the open source consulting practice, for business and technology strategy, governance, and security. Bill is a prolific author and speaker, spanning FOSS adoption to IoT, legacy migration, licensing, standardization, telecoms, mobile, and the connected car. Learn more.

Cal Evans

When he was only 14-years-old, Cal encountered the computer that changed his life: a TRS-80 Model 1. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs. For the past 13 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux, OSX, and Windows. He has built a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications.

When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around."

These days, when not working with PHP, Cal can be found working on a variety of projects like Nomad PHP. He gives motivational talks to developers around the world. If you meet him at ZendCon, don't be afraid to buy him a shot of Bourbon.

Laura Thomson

Laura Thomson is the director of engineering, Firefox Operations, at Mozilla. She has been in various engineering roles at Mozilla for the last nine years, and previously worked in jobs including Principal/VP at OmniTI, web developer, consultant, and computer science academic. She has written several books on various open source technologies, including "PHP and MySQL Web Development" (with Luke Welling, her husband). Laura is from Melbourne, Australia, but now lives with her family on a rustic horse farm in Maryland, USA, where she relaxes by indulging in manual labor and other rural pursuits.

Robert C. Martin

Robert C. Martin, aka, Uncle Bob has been a software professional since 1970 and an international software consultant since 1990. In the last 40 years, he has worked in various capacities on literally hundreds of software projects. In 2001, he initiated the meeting of the group that created Agile software development from extreme programming techniques and served as the first chairman of the Agile Alliance. He is also a leading member of the Worldwide Software Craftsmanship Movement - Clean Code.

He has authored books on Agile programming, extreme programming, UML, object-oriented programming, C++ programming, and most recently Clean Code and Clean Coder. He has published dozens of articles in various trade journals.

He has written, directed, and produced numerous "Code Casts" videos for software professionals.

Bob is a regular speaker at international conferences and trade shows, and is the founder, CEO, and president of Uncle Bob Consulting, LLC and Object Mentor Incorporated.

Rod Cope

Rod Cope, CTO, drives the technology vision for Rogue Wave Software. Rod was the founder and CTO of OpenLogic, a profitable venture-backed company, and joined Rogue Wave as CTO following the acquisition. Rod has over 20 years of experience in software development spanning a number of industries including telecommunications, aerospace, healthcare, and manufacturing. Rod has worked at IBM, IBM Global Services, General Electric, and for the CTO of Anthem. Rod has also led key technical teams working on mission-critical applications at Ericsson and Integral. He has been instrumental in leading security efforts for large public facing web sites used by some of the largest financial institutions in the world, most notably securing foreign exchange transactions over the internet. Rod's expansive career also includes the implementation of public key based security systems from the ground up in embedded devices, mobile applications, and in back office systems. Rod holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Software Engineering from the University of Louisville.