Armijn Hemel is owner/general manager of Tjaldur Software Governance Solutions. Before this he was the lead compliance engineer at gpl-violations.org. Armijn is a specialist in compliance in embedded devices. He studied computer science at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His accomplishments include writing the first serious paper about security implications in the widely used UPnP protocol and writing the GPL compliance engineering guide, which details the process organizations like gpl-violations.org use to detect violations. As part of his MSc thesis he engineered the prototype of NixOS, an experimental Linux distribution around the Nix package manager. From 2006-2010 he served on the board of NLUUG, for which he has organized and helped organizing many technical conferences.
Professional profile: http://nl.linkedin.com/pub/armijn-hemel/0/51b/941
Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication methods and business development. He is best known for building bridges between commercial and non-commercial stakeholders in the technology sector. His professional accomplishments include establishing a legal department for the main NGO promoting Free Software in Europe, building a professional network of over 200 legal counsel and technical experts across 27 countries, and aligning corporate and community interests to launch the first law review dedicated to Free/Open Source Software.
Shane has extensive knowledge of Internet technologies, management best practice, community building and Free/Open Source Software. His experience includes engagement with the server, desktop, embedded and mobile telecommunication industries. He does business in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and maintains a broad network of contacts.
Professional profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/shanecoughlan
Tjaldur Software Governance Solutions is one of the few companies in the world to offer GPL compliance engineering as a service. The increased use of Free Software requires an understanding of the licenses in use as well as best practice in deployment deployment processes and compliance. Tjaldur employees have practical experience in this field, especially with regards to embedded devices.
Opendawn is a business and communication facilitator based in Japan. We provide consultancy, education, editing and design services. Our vision is to accomplish perfection in every market we enter and our mission is to deliver excellent and innovative services to customers. Our specialties include inter-cultural communication, East-West business intelligence, Free/Open Source Software, process management and community engagement.
NLnet Foundation is a private charity fund supporting open standards and open source worldwide, and has over the years actively contributed to (internet) standards, open source projects and subsidiary or enabling activities such as the development of GPLv3. NLnet foundation is an independent organisation whose means came initially from interest on a very substantial own capital formed in 1997 by the sale of the first Dutch Internet Service Provider. Its private capital ensures an absolute independent position. The articles of association for the NLnet foundation state: "to promote the exchange of electronic information and all that is related or beneficial to that purpose". NLnet believes in open standards and open source. At the moment, dozens of projects and organizations are supported financially. Amongst them: research laboratory NLnet Labs, the Free Software Foundation, OpenDoc Society, Intelligent Interactive Distributed Systems, and the Internet Society.
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by hosting important workgroups, events and online resources such as Linux.com.