2014 Invited Speakers Nominations

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Nominations for invited speakers/keynotes for Code4Lib 2014. Please include a description and any relevant links and try to keep the list in alphabetical order. Suggestions will close on August 30, 2013 at midnight (EDT), which will be followed by a community vote. We will contact nominees before the vote to confirm their interest.

John Allspaw

John Allspaw (https://twitter.com/allspaw) is the Senior Vice President for Technical Operations at Etsy (http://etsy.com). Prior to that he built infrastructure for Salon, InfoWorld, Flickr, and others. His publications include "Web Operations" and "The Art of Capacity Planning". You can find his blog at http://www.kitchensoap.com/.

As library development teams grow from single programmers writing "glue" scripts to small teams working together on mid size web apps and further to large development shops producing complex and large scale systems, they find themselves struggling with issues of scale. These issues of scale are not just with the systems being built, but with the operations of the team itself. Operations can often be overlooked during the daily routine of project meetings, writing code, fixing bugs, etc. John's insights on operations and capacity planning would be useful to the library development community, particularly for those in departments that are maturing from one or two programmers to mid-size or larger development teams.

Cory Doctorow

BoingBoing.com, craphound.com. Author of sci-fi, copyright activist, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Doctorow

Jeri Ellsworth

Jerrielsworth.com, Jeri Ellsworth is an American entrepreneur and self-taught computer chip designer. She is best known for creating a Commodore 64 emulator within a joystick, in 2004, called C64 Direct-to-TV http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeri_Ellsworth

Sarah Lacy

Founder of PandoDaily, tech journalist and author. I (Roy) saw her speak and she was awesome. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Lacy

Andromeda Yelton

Formerly a developer with Unglue.it, she recently left full-time work there to work to help people learn to code. I (Roy) would love to hear her talk about how to help people break into coding. http://andromedayelton.com/about/

Victoria Stodden

She is a co-founder of http://www.RunMyCode.org, an open platform for disseminating the code and data associated with published results, and enabling independent and public cloud-based verification of methods and findings, and an assistant professor of Statistics at Columbia University, and affiliated with the Columbia University Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. She just recently gave a great keynote at Open Repositories. http://www.stanford.edu/~vcs/Bio.html

Sarah Allen

"Sarah Allen is a serial innovator with a history of developing leading-edge products, such as After Effects, Shockwave, Flash video, and OpenLaszlo. She has a habit of recognizing great and timely ideas, finding talented teams, and creating compelling software. She has led small and large teams and confidently turns vision into reality.


Sarah leads an innovative product strategy, design & development company, Blazing Cloud, and in her spare time works to diversify the Ruby on Rails with RailsBridge, which she co-founded in 2009. In keeping with her belief that programming is a life skill, she also regularly volunteers teaching programming to kids. Sarah believes that open source software provides solid technical foundations and compelling business models. She is an expert with Ruby and Rails and was a member of the OpenLaszlo core team, where she coded in asynchronous Javascript before it was cool."