Announcing our Guest of Honor, Deb Nicholson!

debnicholsonDeb Nicholson is the Community Outreach Director at the Open Invention Network – an organization of major companies who pool some of their intellectual property (a shared defensive patent pool) in order to make it available, for free, to companies creating with Linux (including Android).

She also serves on the board of Open Hatch, a non-profit that encourages new people to get involved with open source software, and Community Manager at GNU MediaGoblin.

She also won the O’Reilly Open Source Award for her work with GNU MediaGoblin and OpenHatch.

She is very excited to join us as a Guest of Honor in 2016, telling us that she looks forward to talking about OIN and software patent misuse, pervasive surveillance and how it affects developer communities, and decentralizing the web. In previous talks, she’s helped people in the community understand how to “delegate like a boss” and how to “say no like a boss.”

Thanks for joining us Deb, we look forward to seeing you in April!